Since there is a literal connection between mother and baby for 36 weeks, they will share an indestructible bond in the early stages of their lives. Many fathers could wonder if their new flesh and blood even likes them or wants to be around them, especially when they cry for Mom’s embrace. Luckily, following the best ways dads can bond with their newborn babies will give you a chance to connect in your special way.
Assist With the Baby’s Care
Some traditional mothers on social media proclaim that the father of their child won’t have to lift a finger regarding baby care. They’ll handle all the diaper changes, feedings, and nighttime baths while he focuses on bringing home the bacon. Initially, the Leave It to Beaver formula may suggest the dad has hit the jackpot; however, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Baby care allows the father to bond with their precious newborns in ways they might not imagine. You might think that changing into a dirty diaper is horrible, but your child might love having this little time with dear old Dad.
It will be a few years until your newborn turns into a toddler who can converse. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk to them in the meantime. The more your child hears your voice, the more recognizable you become.
If talking to your baby about plot holes in a movie or the difference between nickel and dime packages in football feels strange, singing them a song will suffice. Sometimes, singing a song may be preferable for the little one. Children love music even at a young age, especially when it’s sung (even out of tune) by their dad.
Fun and Games
You won’t pull out the chess board when playing games with your newborn. Instead, you can settle for silly activities and games such as making goofy faces or playing peek-a-boo. Going this route can lead to baby belly giggles, arguably the cutest thing on the face of the planet. Making your newborn giggle for the first time will certainly be a moment any dad will remember forever.
Your Little Joey
Kangaroos and other marsupials bond with their offspring by keeping them close and protected in their pouch. Unfortunately, you have no pouch to speak of, but there are ways to keep your baby close to your chest without holding them 24/7.
Carrying your child in a carrier, sling, or other safe contraption will give you that closeness without slowing you down. Anything you settle on is essentially a baby hammock, and who doesn’t love being in a hammock?
It may seem as if your newborn attaches to their mother’s arms after the bond formed during the pregnancy. If so, you—and the child—might be yearning for some one-on-one time. A solid skin-to-skin cuddle session allows your newborn to nestle up close to you and feel the warmth and admiration you have for your bundle of joy.
Trying some of the best ways dads can bond with their newborn babies can level the playing field with Mom. These special moments don’t last long, so cherish them as they happen and before they’re gone.