How fathers build a quick bond with their baby

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How fathers build a quick bond with their baby

Bonding with a newborn can be overwhelming for the father. We’ve rounded up some fun ways for him to spend time with his little one.

Hold the baby close when you give him the bottle
When mom breastfeeds her baby, she cuddles him close to her chest and the baby has a perfect look into her eyes. When you bottle feed him, hold him in the same position and let your little one look up at you.

Take the night shift
Give mom a chance to snag a few extra hours of sleep and become the “savior of the night” when the baby cries. This will give you and the baby some quality alone time.

Pro tip: It’s best to keep a few bottles in the fridge for late-night feeding.

Soothe and comfort.
Try to give her comfort and soothe her tears. It’s best done by singing, being shown around, rocking gently, or having the nearest pacifier handy for baby to suck on. That way, he can learn that mom isn’t the only one who can give him what he needs.

Make silly faces
You can definitely be the funny guy. Start by just making silly faces that will make your baby light up with a smile. As your baby gets older, try fun games.

Take the baby in the carrier and go for a walk
Babies love fresh air, so take your little bundle for a stroll around the block. Try using a baby carrier instead of your stroller. This keeps the baby close to you throughout the walk. And fear not, as you can see here, most baby carriers are good for men to use as well .

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Just make sure the baby is slathered on sunscreen when it’s hot outside and warmly dressed when it’s a little chilly.

Try a baby massage
Babies respond to touch, and an easy way to soothe and relax them is with baby massage. When your baby is calm and happy (you won’t want to try this on a fussy baby), take 10 to 15 minutes to gently rub his legs, stomach, arms and neck.

Special Playtime

Make time every day, especially for playtime with your little guy. Make it a part of his daily routine so he expects his daddy to be free on a regular basis.

Dad’s dance party
Babies love music and they love to dance. You can start dance parties when your baby is only a few months old. Turn on some music (or sing a special song) and then swing baby around the room. As your baby gets older, you can help him stand and dance (aka bounce) until he’s able to groove to his own movements.

diaper layer
Sure, there’s a little gross factor, but diaper duty is also a bonding time. Though it might be a little smelly, you can talk to her and make silly noises when she gets a new diaper.

cleaning with baby

Keep the baby close or in the carrier while you do chores like vacuuming. Plus, it’s a double duty: baby bonding with his dad and tidying up around the house.

Schedule a sick day
When your baby gets sick, it’s important that you play a nurturing role – your child’s sick days are now yours too. Make a point to go to healthy doctor check-ups as well so you can hear from the doctor as he develops and grows.

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Engage in the bedtime routine.
A consistent sleep schedule is very important to help your baby sleep through the night. Choose a part of the process you want to be involved in, such as bathroom time. This will help baby understand that when daddy takes over bathroom time, it will soon be bedtime too.

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