Bonding with a newborn can be overwhelming, especially for dad. We've gathered a few fun ways for him to spend time with his little one.
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Take the Night Shift
Give mom the chance to catch some extra zzz's and become the "rescuer of the night" when baby cries. This will give you and baby precious alone time. Pro tip: Be sure to have a few bottles in the fridge for late-night feedings.
Take Him for a Walk
Babies love fresh air, so take your little bundle for a stroll around the block. Try using a sling or carrier instead of your stroller. This will keep baby close to you throughout the walk. Just be sure baby is slathered in sunscreen if it's hot outside and bundled up if it's a little chilly.
Special Play Time
Set aside time every day specifically for playtime with your little guy. Make it part of his daily routine, so he expects his daddy time on the regular.
Daddy Dance Party
Babies love music and they love to dance. Even when your baby is just a few months old you can start having dance parties. Turn on some music (or sing a special song) then sway around the room with baby. As your baby gets older you can help her stand and dance (a.k.a. bounce) till she is able to groove to her own moves.
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.
Keep baby close by strapping on the carrier and toting him around while you tackle household chores like vacuuming. Plus it's double duty: baby bonding with his daddy and cleaning up around the house.
Take a Sick Day
When your baby gets ill it's important for you to play a nuturing role -- your little one's sick days are yours too now. Make a point to go to healthy doctor checkups too, so you can hear from the doctor how he's developing and growing.
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 bathtime. This will help baby understand that when Dad says its bathtime, it's will be bedtime soon too.