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Bonding of My Baby with Father: Should I do Something extra?

Bonding of My Baby with Father: Should I do Something extra?

Dr Charanjit Kaur - Obstetrics & Gynecology
by: Dr. Charanjit Kaur
Sr. Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, New Delhi

The bonding between the parents and baby is complicated and often takes time to gel. While some dads connect with their baby within the early days of birth, it may take a little longer for others and that’s perfectly normal. Fathers often assume that the mother will naturally have a stronger bond with the baby than you will. As long as they spend more time with the baby, a bond will develop between the two of them. Certain things that you can do to strengthen the bond between your baby and your partner are as follows:

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  1. Develop a baby bond by spending time: Start early and make him talk or sing to your pregnant belly often. This establishes a strong connection before the baby is even born. This helps yournewborn to recognize the tone and pattern of each of your voices, later on.
  2. Develop skin contact: Make him hold the baby whenever possible.Stroking their back or rocking them gently in arms invokes a sense of protection and comfort in your baby’s mind. This is the best way to bond. The best is when the baby ends up sleeping and resting in the arms of the father. The baby starts to feel secure and comfortable in their presence.
  3. Tell him to help you: Ask him to help you with bathing, dressing, and changing diapers of the baby. A father’s involvement in the baby’s life is essential. It not just helps the mother but also makes the father an active participant.
  4. Let him burn the mid night oil: Let him to take up the night duty. Ask him to pick up and bring the baby to you for feedings and then take the baby back for burping. This would not only enhance their bonding but also let help you relax a bit.
  5. Let him joke around: Fathers can soothe a crying baby extremely well. Babies pacify instantly, when the parents make funny, silly faces to make them smile.
  6. Encourage a baby’s day out: Babies love fresh air, let your partner carry and take them out for a stroll around the block.
  7. Encourage touch: Babies respond to touch. Let him give the baby a massage for 10 to 15 minutes by gently rubbing their legs, belly, arms, and neck.
  8. Be there: Encourage him to make it part of his daily routine, to set aside time every night to play with your little baby.

Attachment is an interactive process. You don’t have to be a perfect parent all of the time in order to bond with your baby. Just do your best, and don’t worry!

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