Bonding with a newborn can be difficult or overwhelming. We’ve collected a few ways for dad to spend time bonding with his little one.
1. Get 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 bottle feeding him, hold him in the same position, allowing your little one to gaze up at you.
2. Take the Night Shift
Give mom the chance to catch some extra zzz’s and take the night shift when baby cries. This will give you and baby precious alone time.
3. Soothe Her Tears
Take a try at soothing her tears. Try singing to her, walking her around, gently rocking, or find the closest pacifier for her to suck on. This way, she can learn that Mom isn’t the only one who can give her what she needs.
4. Make Silly Faces
You can definitely be the fun guy. Start by just making silly faces that will make your baby glow with a smile. As your baby gets older try fun games like peekaboo.
5. Take Him for a Walk
Babies love fresh air, so take your little bundle for a stroll around the block. Try switching it up if you can between a sling or carrier and your stroller.
6. 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.
7. Special Play Time
Set aside time every day specifically for playtime with your little one. Make it part of their daily routine, so he expects his daddy time on the regular. Don’t forget that babies also love to dance, so turn that music on (or sing) and sway around the room too.
8. 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.
9. Take a Sick Day
Your little one’s sick days are yours too now. If you can, take a sick day, mom would appreciate the back up here. Make a point to go along to doctor checkups too, so you can hear from the doctor how he’s developing and growing.
10. 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 bath time. This will help baby understand that when Dad says its bath time, it will be bedtime soon too.