Lots play time and cuddles are essential to develop a bond. In fact, it forms the basis for a healthy father-child relationship.
Learn how dads and new-borns can build a closer attachment in those precious first few weeks.
If you’re a new dad and you're not sure how to start bonding with your new baby, you’re not alone. Many parents begin bonding with their babies straight away. But it’s also common for some parents (both mum and dad) to feel anxious in those early days.
Bonding is really important. Strong, healthy relationships will improve your baby’s development. It will give them a sense of security and self-esteem. You can begin the moment your baby is born. It's something you’ll be able to do during the course of your daily routine. Here’s how:
1. Hold your baby
Your baby will love being in your arms. New dads can carry their new-born’s, cradle them and keep them close to their skin. Your baby will soon recognise your familiar smell and will be comforted by your presence. Be sure to start those cuddles as early as you can.
2. Talk or sing to your baby
Your baby might not know what you’re saying, but your familiar voice will soothe them. You can choose to talk, read or sing to your baby. You can even copy their cute noises. In doing so, you’ll stimulate their senses and create a stronger bond with one another. (If you’re reading this while your partner is still pregnant, remember that a baby hears sounds while in the womb. Why not start chatting to your baby now?)
3. Massage your baby
Massage can calm your baby and help them to sleep. Massage has many advantages for your baby. It can help them gain weight, aid digestion and improving circulation. You may find it therapeutic too. The key is to massage very gently. You might like to go to attend a baby massage class in your local area.
4. Give them a bath
It is recommend to not bath baby until after they are a few days old. Thereafter, giving your baby a bath will not only be fun, but it can help both of you relax. When done in the evening, it can get your baby ready for a good night’s sleep. You can also use this time to give mum a chance to recharge her batteries for a short while.
5. Swing with a sling
There will be times when your baby will want to be held, when you are trying to do things. Putting them in a sling is a fabulous option to please both of you. In a front carrier it will help them feel comforted against your chest. Ensure the carrier offers good head and neck support, and that your baby can breathe without obstruction.
All of these are easy to implement into your routine. Not only will it provide you and your baby quality time together, it will allow mum some precious moments to herself.
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