How Can Dad Bond with Baby?
Of course, bonding isn't a girls-only club, but sometimes dads feel behind the eight ball. To strengthen the all-important father-baby connection:
- Pitch in. Soothing, burping, diapering, bathing -- these aren't just chores, they're wonderful opportunities to bond with your baby. Talk to your partner about divvying up the duties so you get some one-on-one time.
- Send Mom out for a walk. She can use a break, and nothing will make you feel closer to a newborn and confident around him more quickly than spending time alone. Even 10 minutes will help you connect.
- Find some special "you and me" activity. It could be the way you count her toes and then kiss them, sing a funny song, or create a nickname. The idea is that you create some moment that's reserved for just the two of you.
Originally published in the June 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.
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