Prince William Gives New Dads Advice on Parenting ‘Fragile’ Infants: ‘It’s Very Daunting’

Prince William Gives New Dads Advice on Parenting Fragile Infants
Prince William visits the 'Future Men' Fathers Development Programme at the Abbey Centre on February 14, 2019 in London, England. Stuart C. Wilson/WPA/Getty Images


Taking a trip down memory lane! Prince William shared parenting advice with new dads at a charity event, recalling his early days of fatherhood.

“It’s very daunting how tiny they are when they first arrive,” the royal, 36, said at a “Future Dads” session run by the Future Men charity on Thursday, February 14. “They are so fragile, tiny little fingers and toes. You do feel like if you move them around too much, they are going to break, but they don’t. Wait until they’re 9 months, and they’ll be off.”

He went on to admit that the most difficult part of changing a baby’s diaper in the beginning is getting them in and out of their clothes. For him, the hardest “bit [was] the buttons.”

William and his wife, Duchess Kate, share three children: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 9 months.

The Duke of Cambridge also spoke about the effect that fatherhood can have on a man’s mental health. “Once the lack of sleep starts setting in, the stress levels go up,” he explained. “From a young age, you’re taught to have a vision, have a plan, have a career, and all of a sudden, babies come along and you have to start thinking about a lot more.”

He added: “I think ladies are a lot more giving, a lot more generous, but guys, to make a success of whatever we’re going to do, we get into a rhythm. It’s such a change. Your whole life goes one way and suddenly you’re told to stop in your tracks.”

Prince William Gives New Dads Advice on Parenting Fragile Infants
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George PA Images/INSTARimages

William’s brother, Prince Harry, is expecting a baby with his wife, Duchess Meghan, in the spring, and a palace insider told Us Weekly exclusively that the three-time parents are already sharing tips.

“[Kate and William] have spoken to Harry and Meghan about parenting, giving a few bits of advice ahead of the arrival of their baby,” the source said. “Having been through it a few times, their ‘tricks of the trade’ have definitely been appreciated. Harry and Meghan are totally open to all help and advice!”

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