Daddy time

How to bond with your baby
We know Daddy can be just as eager as Mommy to bond with the baby. However, Mommy gets to breastfeed so she always takes the lead on the favaurite-parent race (smiles). But here ar_MG_7557e some tips for Daddy to bond.

Cradle just like Mommy

When Mommy is breast feeding the baby she cuddles him close to her chest and the baby has a perfect view into her eyes. When you are bottle feeding, make sure to hold the baby in the same position, allowing your little one to gaze up at you.

When Mommy is breast feeding the baby she cuddles him close to her chest and the baby has a perfect view into her eyes. When you are bottle feeding, make sure to hold the baby in the same position, allowing your little one to gaze up at you.

Night Shift is yours
If you aren’t home during the day to help soothe the baby’s troubles, take pleasure in becoming the savior-by-night when the baby cries. This will give you and the baby some precious QT and give Mommy a chance to get some rest.

Don’t give up when baby cries
Even though it may be tempting to pass the crying baby to Mommy try at sooth her tears (unless baby is hungry, of course).Strike a note and sing to her, walking her around the room, gently rocking. The baby should learn that Mommy isn’t the only source of comfort.

Bring on your fun side
Bring out your funny side and make funny faces and play games (peekaboo is a good start). Be inventive. When the baby smiles back at you for the first time, it will be a golden moment.

Go for a walk
Babies love fresh air, so take your baby for a stroll around the house or around the block. Try holding her close instead of just using a stroller in the first few weeks. This will keep the baby close to you throughout the walk. Remember to dress the baby appropriately based on the weather.

Try a Baby Massage
Babies respond to touch, and a simple way to soothe and relax them is with a gentle massage. Try a 10 to 15 minute gentle rub of her legs, belly, arms, and neck when the baby is nice and calm. Don’t try this when the baby is cranky.

Daddy time
Make it a part of your routine to spend time every evening playing with your baby, so the baby develops this expectation of an alone time with Daddy.

Reggae Dance
At just a few months old, your baby is ready to bust-a-move. They love music. Turn on some music (or sing your favourite Bob Marley) then dance around the room with the baby. As your baby gets older hold her hands and help her to do the bounce. In no time you will catch her grooving on her own.

Diaper Change is yours too
This is a great time to make your funny faces and sing to your baby so don’t just leave this up to Mommy.

Don’t miss the doc
When your baby gets ill it’s important for you to be there at the visit to the paediatrician. Try to go to well visits as well, so you can hear firsthand about his development.

Routine is good
You will find a bedtime routine particularly useful as the baby gets older. A routine allows you and Mommy to plan your night’s activities; whether it’s catching up on house work or QT together. It is important for you to be a part of the bed time routine. For example, the baby will know that when Daddy does her bath, bedtime will follow soon. It is important you don’t mess up the schedule with late nights at work during this critical period.

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Adapted from: 12 Ways for Dad to Bond with Baby, Parents Magazine