Helping Dads Bond with the Babies
Babies are an amazing gift to any parents. While it’s the mother who gives birth to the child and is often found to be sharing more closeness to the baby, it’s no less than an icing on the cake if the father can also succeed in harnessing the father baby bond. This eventually helps in the long run and there’s absolutely nothing wrong in the father cuddling or kissing the baby in the similar fashion as the mother does. There can be various ways of improving the father baby bond some of which are listed below:
- Spend Time
Yes you are working. You are often not able to make yourself free from your busy schedule. But it’s very important that you make some productive time for your baby wherever you can and whenever you can. The more you spend time with your baby the more are your chances of developing a better bond with the baby.
- Play with your baby
One of the very productive ways of spending time with your baby is play around with him or her. Babies like glittering and attractive things. Try to bring your babes attention towards them.
- Give Hugs and Kisses
There is absolutely nothing wrong in hugging or kissing your baby in a similar fashion as the mother does. The baby will soon start finding a zone of comfort and will appreciate your presence. Try being as gentle as possible. A gentle touch can reassure your baby that you are around which makes him feel safe.
- Talk with your baby
Talk as much as you can. This certainly helps in bonding. Maybe telling your baby how you met his mother will do wonders. Sharing a laugh obviously will make both of you happy.
Pay attention to the way your newborn will focus on you, then shift his gaze elsewhere. The back and forth in these early eye-gazing and cooing sessions is called “synchrony,” and it will develop into more sophisticated social interactions as baby matures.
- Help care for a sick newborn
Dads can help make baby feel better by preparing a steam treatment, doing sinus pressure massage, or applying diluted essential oils. A task as simple as making your baby take a good bath can also help you strengthen your bond with your baby.
- Go for a Walk
It’s good to go out for a short walk with your baby if not a long one. It’s an icing on the cake especially if you are helping your baby learn the baby steps towards walking.
- Dress baby
Do it mindfully, taking time to check in with her and see how she is experiencing it. Describe to her what you are doing. Enjoy the moment, rather than making it just another item to check off your to do list.
- Give baby a relaxing massage
Not only will it facilitate bonding, but massage can also aid sleep and digestion, boost baby’s immune system, and improve circulation, among other benefits.
- Share pictures of friends and family
Babies love to look at faces. You can also try to show baby a mirror. She won’t know it is her in the reflection for quite awhile, but she will like that baby face.
- Close your eyes and focus on your baby’s smell
Would you be able to pick him out of a baby line-up using only your nose? A baby’s sense of smell is “highly developed at birth” – he can remember the smells he is most familiar with; namely, his parents. Apart from that let baby smell you too, not the heavy fragrances of cologne or chemical-laden deodorant.
- Listen to your baby’s heartbeat
Find a quiet place and listen to your little one’s heartbeat. After you’ve mentally recorded this miracle, snuggle her up close to your chest and let her listen to yours.
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