I forgot to mention - in all seriousness - for God's sake, for the child's sake, and for your sake, (and I apologize if this seems like mere common sense, but) don't take advice about raising a child from someone who's never done it.
And I mean this not only when dealing with a newborn, but at any stage of a child's life.
Advice from a mom is OK if you need parenting advice in general, but if you want advice about being a dad, ask someone who has actually been, or is currently, a dad; no-one else. In fact, get several opinions from several dads and then make your decision.
I say this from the experience of having been a child whose parents took advice from people (whether ill-intentioned or not, whether they had ulterior motives or not) that had never raised children of their own.
Myself, I'll never get over it.
I don't blame my parents for being naive; I blame their "friends" who had motives and agendas of their own.
Sorry for the rant, but since you asked...
There's something to that - but all the same, when I had kids, I decided to largely ignore people - I'd hear what they say, take it with a pinch of salt, but largely do my own thing. Whatever I did do, had to make rational sense to me, rather than just buying into somebody's opinion or their dogma.
The one thing I would say? Right from the off, I found it very important, and useful to be able to do everything - nappies, bathing, feeding. When my first son was born, and we returned from hospital, mum needed rest and recuperation. I had paternity leave and put it to good use. Be able and familiar to do everything with the baby - because you might have to anyway - plus, you'll always be able to do stuff, take them places, and not be dependent on mum. Helps make you good at it, and helps create a bond with your baby.
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