How to Boost Dad-Newborn Bonding

By Marygrace Taylor for Love Sleep Play

Calling all new dads! If you’re not quite sure how to start connecting with your newborn, you’re not alone. While some parents begin bonding with their babies immediately, it’s also extremely common for some parents (both mum and dad) to feel a little uncertain about how to start getting close to their baby.

But bonding is really important. Whatever the long-term effects may be, we know for sure that strong, healthy relationships will improve your baby’s development by giving her a sense of security and self-esteem. What’s more,you can start forming those bonds as soon as your baby is born. It’s something you’ll be able to do during the course of your daily routine. Here’s how:

Hold her
You love your baby, and your baby will love being in your arms. New dads should carry their newborns, cradle them, and keep them close to their skin for added bonding.

Massage your baby
Simple massages can help your baby relax and fall asleep. The key is to massage very gently. You might like to go to an infant massage class at your local hospital or read up on the subject.

Communicate with her
Your baby might not know what you’re saying, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like hearing the sound of your voice. Whether you’re reading, singing, or talking to your baby (or even mimicking those cute cooing noises), you’ll stimulate her senses and create a stronger bond with one another.

Give her a bath
Bathing your newborn will help both of you relax after a busy day and get your baby ready for a restful night’s sleep.

Keep your baby
When you want to be near your newborn but aren’t actually able to hold her (perhaps you’re typing or folding her clothes) you can put her in a sling instead. Putting your baby in a front carrier will help her feel cosy against your chest — just make sure her carrier offers good head and neck support.

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