Mothers have a special bond with their children. From conception to birth children are raised in their mother’s womb. This special physiological connection simply cannot be copied by any husband or father. But there are some great ways for new dads to bond with their baby. The following 5 tips will help your newborn develop a connection with Dad, strengthening the entire family unit in the process.
1 – Get Started Before Your Child Is Born
Studies show that when fathers-to-be sing and talk to their partner’s stomach, newborns have a better chance at recognizing Dad’s voice later on. So spend some time serenading and talking to your unborn child, developing a bond that will continue naturally after birth.
2 – Do Some Reading
There is a wealth of information out there about pregnancy, newborns and becoming a father. So start doing some research. You can strengthen the bond between you and your baby by simply learning everything there is to know about the pregnancy process, birth, newborns and toddlers.
3 – Be Supportive of the Mother-to-Be
Attend breast-feeding classes with the mother of your child. Go with her to appointments with her obstetrician. Support her desire to have an ultrasound. When you show that you are totally involved in the whole birth process, the mother of your baby will be much more likely to get you involved in the child raising process later on.
4 – Stop Worrying and Just Be Yourself
Look, if this is your first child, it is understandable that you might be freaking out. But you need to stop worrying about every little detail. Billions of children have been raised by men just like yourself. These men were uncertain, unsure, frightened and scared that they may do something wrong while raising their children.
You are not the first newborn’s father to be concerned about the enormity of the job at hand. Calm down, stop worrying and just be yourself to form a natural bond with your baby.
5 – Be a Part of the Feeding Process
Even when your child’s mother is breast-feeding your baby, you need to be involved. You also need to take over some of the highchair feeding sessions. These are precious times for bonding. Make eye contact, make noises, talk to your child and let her get to know your face in connection with meal time. Your child learns a lot more than just how to eat during the feeding process, and you need to be a part of it.