Having a newborn baby is a fun, exciting experience. Sometimes it’s simpler for moms to bond with baby because they’re breastfeeding and/or are the primary caregiver. While this bonding is important, it’s also equally vital for dads and babies to bond. Here are five simple tips for dad and baby bonding:
1. Become part of the routine.
Dads, chat with your partner about how to incorporate one-on-one time into your child’s daily routine. Whether it’s taking charge at bath time, or having special story time, setting aside a daily action that is just for dad and baby is a wonderful way to encourage bonding.
2. Share feedings and the night shift.
Sharing feedings and the night shift with your partner is another great way to bond with your baby. It gives you time during those special, quiet moments to look into your child’s eyes and have one-on-one time. It also helps your partner get some much-needed rest. So it’s a win-win.
3. Baby wear like it’s your job.
Baby wearing is pretty much the best. It allows you to perform other activities (like cleaning, walking, shopping, etc.) whilst also bonding with your baby. She will become even more accustomed to your smell and presence this way too.
4. Kangaroo care is for dads, too.
Kangaroo care (aka, skin-to-skin) is important for moms AND dads. This is another great way for baby to familiarize herself with your scent, and your heartbeat is also soothing to your little one. Sit down on the couch and watch your favorite, low-key show, or just enjoy the cuddle time. Because cuddling is pretty much the best, anytime.
5. Learn how to soothe.
Since babies all have their own unique personalities and stressors, learning how to soothe your child is a great way to bond with her. Learn the nuance of her cries, and be the one to pick her up and figure out what soothes your little one. Whether it’s bouncing on an exercise ball, or walking around the room, learning what works will empower you with the knowledge you need to help your baby.
What are some of your favorite tips for dad and baby bonding?