Precious moments: Helping dad bond with baby

There are many articles available that help with the mother baby bonding and while it is certainly one of the most important things, the daddy bond is just as important.

Here are nine ways to help your other half bond with baby:

Enjoy skin-to-skin time

Mothers are told that skin-to-skin contact is important after the birth, but it is also something that even dads can get involved in. Strip baby down to just their nappy and pop them on dad's chest to help the bonding process and also soothe them.

Baby massage

Babies love nothing more than a good massage so encourage your other half to spend time rubbing your baby’s legs, arms and stomach and back. It is also great to help baby sleep, relax and improve their circulation.

Feed baby

Encourage your other half to spend time feeding baby their bottle, talking to them while they do it. Even if you’re breastfeeding, your other half can sit right up beside you and snuggle in or you can express into a bottle.

Wind baby

If sitting beside you is not an option – sometimes mum needs a little space - then allow dad burp baby after each feed.

Talk to baby

Encourage your other half to have a conversation with baby and maintain eye contact while doing it. This way they will become used to the sound of his voice and recognise his facial features.

Bathe them

Give mum a break and bathe baby in the tub with a gentle sponge, talking to them all the time. Enjoying a bath together is also another great way to help them bond.

Pop baby in a sling

Holding baby close is a great way to develop a good, strong bond so give dad a sling and encourage him to snuggle up to baby when out and about.

Dress baby

Attending to baby’s basic needs like dressing them can help with the bonding process. It also provides a great opportunity for dad to make funny faces at baby and get close to them.

Sing/ read to baby

Help baby get used to the sound of your partner's voice by having them sing or read to them. Not only are they bonding with baby but gentle sounds can help your little one relax. 



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