Having a newborn baby is a fun, exciting experience. Sometimes it’s simpler for mums 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:
Cradle Baby Close
When mom is breastfeeding baby she cuddles him close to her chest and baby has a perfect view into her eyes. When you are bottlefeeding him, hold him in the same position, allowing your little one to gaze up at you
Take the Night Shift
Give mom the chance to catch some extra zzz's and become the "rescuer of the night" when baby cries. This will give you and baby precious alone time.
Try a Baby Massage
Babies respond to touch, and a simple way to soothe and relax them is with a baby massage. When your baby is quiet and happy (you won't want to try it on a fussy baby) take 10 to 15 minutes to gently rub her legs, belly, arms, and neck.
Take On Diaper Duty
Sure, there's a little ick-factor but diaper duty is also a time to bond. Even though it may be a little smelly, you get to talk to her and make silly noises as she gets a fresh change.
Special Play Time
Set aside time every day specifically for playtime with your little guy. Make it part of his daily routine, so he expects his daddy time on the regular.
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.
Be a Part of the Bedtime Routine
A consistent bedtime schedule is very important to helping your baby sleep through the night. Choose a part of the routine you want to be involved in like bathtime. This will help baby understand that when Dad says its bathtime, it's will be bedtime soon too.