Listen up, new dads. There's one thing that you haven't considered about this whole "I'm-about-to-become-a-father-and-how-awesome-is-it" thing. You're going to need to find a dad buddy or dad mentor to guide you through some of the rough spots of fatherhood.

This doesn't mean that you're less of a man. It's cool to ask for help and, believe me, there will be LOTS of times that you will be desperate for advice on why your infant won't quiet down after 47 consecutive renditions of "Rock-A-Bye, Baby" or why your wife is acting like an insane person after enduring 23 straight nights of 4 hours of sleep or less.

The question isn't whether you need a dad buddy. The question is how do you find and cultivate a dad buddy?

Here are a few tips:

1. Start early.

We all know guys with little kids. They're the dudes at work with bags under their eyes that can never make it to happy hour. Over lunch, chat them up about dadhood and pick their brains about all the challenges that you're about to face. Even if a lasting friendship doesn't take hold, at least you'll have a realistic idea of what's in store.

2. Go to Mommy & Me classes.

Once your bundle of joy has arrived, Mommy & Me classes are a go-to parent hangout. There's a good chance that you might be the only dad at the Mommy & Me class, but there's also a good chance that there will be another dad or two there. This is a perfect opportunity to spark a conversation and a friendship.

3. Go on play dates.

Ask your wife to set up a weekend play date with her friends so you can attend and spend some "bro" time with another father. You'll likely find much in common to talk about.

4. Leave your comfort zone.

Whether you're at the park, library, or play gym, you'll be encountering other dads. Without being overbearing, this is a great time to engage with our fathers of young children and, who knows, maybe you and you kids will discover some new pals.

5. Virtual friendships.

There is a growing dad movement on Twitter that is truly exciting with fathers writing blogs, hosting chats, and engaging about the fun and foibles of fatherhood. All it takes to join is a Twitter account and a follow request.

6. Rediscover your interests.

Brick and mortar places are also good spots to meet other dads. Check out your church, local sports leagues, or other places that young families congregate to get involved and meet some other dads who put a premium on family time.

Bottom line, dads, we all share fears and concerns about raising our children, providing for them, and maintaining our marriages and individuality. Having a "bro" dad to connect with, open up to and share those challenges is a necessity these days.