Hey Dads! This one is for you! It’s important to establish a bond with your child as early as possible. Here are 5 easy ideas for daddy and baby bonding time:
1. Skin-to-Skin Time
Here’s how this works, Dads: Remove your shirt. Dress baby in diaper only. Place baby on your chest. Cover baby’s back with a blanket if it’s cold.
You can start skin-to-skin time as soon as a doctor or nurse gives you the green light. In a lot of cases, this is minutes after baby is born. There are so many health benefits to skin-to-skin time in baby’s first months, but it’s also a great way to kick off daddy and baby bonding time.
2. Wear Your Baby
Tula, Moby, Boba, Ergo, Bjorn. These names ring a bell? No?!? They are just a few of the hundreds of options available for baby carriers.
Ask around, try some on, and find the carrier that is most comfortable for you. You can wear your baby pretty much anywhere you go and it’s the perfect opportunity to stay in close contact.
3. Bottle Feed
Babies learn to connect with the hand (or boob) that feeds them. When you bottle feed your baby, she will begin to recognize you as someone who fulfills one of her most basic needs.
So if your baby is formula fed, that makes bottle feeding easy. If your baby is exclusively breastfed, ask mama if she minds pumping bottles every now and then so that you can feed baby, too!
4. Read and Sing
Basically, just let baby hear your voice. You’ll be promoting vocabulary and communication skills while baby cuddles and learns your intonations and mannerisms. The more animated and silly you are, the better!
5. Get Your Hands Dirty
Nothing says “I love you” like changing a poopy diaper. Or better yet, cleaning an epic blowout. Don’t be afraid to jump in there and do the dirty work. Whenever you get the chance, change and bathe your baby for the ultimate bonding experience.
You can do it!
Small babies mostly need to be comforted and stimulated by someone they trust. The sooner a relationship develops, the more attached your baby will become to you (and the less dependent on mommy for every tiny thing). Spending time with your baby doesn’t have to be complicated. Try these easy ideas for daddy and baby bonding time!