How Dads Can Bond With a Newborn Baby
October 02, 2020
A baby spends about nine months in the womb bonding with their Momma — that’s nine months more than Dad got. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for dads to bond with their babies as soon as they’re out of the womb. Bonding takes on many different forms and today, we’ll be exploring different ways fathers can bond with their newborn babies!
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Build Connect Through Skin-to-Skin Contact
Within the first few hours after birth, it’s important for a father to make an intimate connection with their newborn baby. Skin-to-skin contact between the baby and their father is just as vital as the initial contact between the baby and their mother. When a baby comes into contact with their dad’s skin, it helps regulate their heartbeat, temperature, and breathing. Skin-to-skin contact also helps release oxytocin, a feel-good hormone.
Studies have also shown that when a father holds their baby within the first 24 hours after they are born, it becomes significantly easier for the father to bond with the baby.
Make Eye Contact During Bottle Feeding
When a mother breastfeeds her baby, it helps bond the baby to their mother. Fathers can recreate that same bonding experience by holding their baby in the same position during bottle feeding. Hold your baby in your arms, with their face close to your chest and face gazing up at you.
Sing Lullabies To Your Baby
There have been some studies showing the benefits of singing to your baby while they are still in the uterus, and then singing the same song once they are born. This can help the baby feel safe and calm because they can recognize the tune. Fathers should try to talk and sing to the baby as often as they can, before and after birth. By choosing a special song, it creates a unique bonding experience between you and your baby.
Be the First Responder
Every parent knows that a newborn baby means sleeping less and drinking more coffee. But when your baby cries in the middle of the night, it’s the perfect opportunity for dad and baby to bond. When dads respond to their newborn baby’s call for comfort, the baby will begin to recognize that it’s not just the mom who can provide the feeling of safety and love. With that in mind, even on nights where you feel exhausted, push yourself to respond to your baby’s call.
Babies under four months of age don’t know how to soothe themselves back to sleep, but if you notice they’ve been waking frequently throughout the night, look up different swaddling techniques. Aubrey Gianna’s swaddle blankets are designed with comfort and breathability in mind, made from super soft and stretchy fabrics. Try knot-swaddling them in one of our comfortable swaddle sets and see a difference in how they sleep.
Remember Bonding Takes Time
If you don’t immediately bond with your baby, it’s okay. While some fathers bond within minutes, other fathers take more time. You may be reading all the right books, cradling them every day, and following advice from top baby experts, and your baby still may cry in your arms. Bonding will come eventually. Stay patient and understand that many other dads feel the same way. Know that your baby does feel your love and will soon share a bond with you that they don’t share with anyone else.
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