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Since bringing baby E home after a long stay in the NICU we are having so much fun learning and laughing with her. While my daughter was still in the hospital we made the decision that I would quit my job and stay home with her (you can read my journey into motherhood here). This has allowed my bond with her to be very strong.
Since doing so there are times my husband feels left out and worries he isn’t bonding enough with her. Coming from a childhood where I was (and still am) extremely close to my father. I feel so fortunate that I have such a close connection with my father and look forward to seeing that with my husband and baby.
I think it is extremely important to E and to my husband that they have a special bond. I’m fortunate to be home with her every day and get tons of opportunities to bond with her unlike my husband. But since bringing her home he makes an effort every chance he can get to work on that bond.
6 Easy and fun ways for dad to bond with baby
If you are looking for some ways for dad to bond with baby then you are in the right place. I believe you should start the bonding process from day one.
Bond with the Bump
Let your baby hear your voice right away. You can do that by reading, singing, or simple talking to the bump. Once your baby is born you have already built that connection with them and your baby will recognize your voice.
This is a great activity that dad can do and easily bond with the baby. Whether you take baby with you in the shower, the tub or use a baby tub bath time allows your little one to learn to trust you and most importantly get used to your touch.
There are so many fun bath toys out there that will help make the experience more fun for those babies who aren’t big fans of water. Also, afterwards massage baby using baby lotion. This will continue to allow your baby to get used to your touch.
You can make story time a part of your normal bed time routine. It will soothe your baby allowing them to fall asleep by hearing your voice.
This is something you can start early on and continue for several years to come. Your baby finds comfort in your voice and is a great bonding experience.
Since our daughter was premature we did a lot of kangaroo care in the hospital which is holding your baby skin to skin. I believe it really helped us both bond with her early on as well as to help her survive and thrive.
This is something my husband and E still do and he looks forward to nap time with her. It’s as simple as stripping your shirt off and your babies too and getting some good snuggles in while you watch the game.
This one can be hard if baby is breastfed. But if possible try to feed your baby a bottle as often as you can.
Take away the distraction and just focus on you and baby. You can even talk or sing and hold hands while baby is eating. Enjoy the snuggles afterwards!
Put down your phone and take away your distractions and get down on the floor and just play with your baby. It can be as simple as talking to your baby or making faces at them to hear them giggle.
Learn what makes your baby laugh and what toys keep their focus. Also, can work on tummy time with your baby while laying on the ground talking to them.
There is no stronger bond then simply being there for your little one. Enjoy spending time with your baby!