It seems to be common that most new dads don’t quite understand the importance of the baby bonding with father.
As a new father, bonding with your baby is one of the most fulfilling experiences. Whether you’re a stay-at-home dad, a working dad, or somewhere in between, bonding with your child can have lifelong positive effects.
Studies have shown that babies form strong attachments to their fathers, such as when they are held, and that this bonding has numerous physiological and psychological benefits for both parties.
For example, physical contact—through skin-to-skin contact or babywearing—can help regulate your baby’s heart rate and breathing patterns, create a sense of security and trust, promote healthy development and reduce discomfort from colic or reflux.
Additionally, research has found that infants whose dads spend more time interacting with them tend to score higher on intelligence tests later on in life.
What Are Things a Father Can Do to Bond With Baby?
But even if you feel overwhelmed by parenthood at times or don’t feel like you know what to do when it comes to taking care of your little one —it’s important to know how rewarding it can be to connect deeply with your child.
Here are some tips for developing deeper bonds:
- Take special moments throughout the day just for yourself and your baby – whether it’s reading stories together or having a dance party (as much as you can with a baby).
- Spend quality time with your child each day without any interruptions – just play!
- Talk softly and sing nursery rhymes – the sound of your voice will help foster an emotional bond between the two of you.
- Have frequent skin-to-skin contact during diaper changes and naps. This helps encourage closeness, comfort, and trust between parent and baby.
- Remember that eye contact is very important in helping make sure your baby feels secure with his/her new surroundings.
- When possible take part in activities together such as going for walks outdoors or visiting waterparks for fun family time!
Ultimately no matter what parenting style works best for you–from free range to hands-on —taking the time to build relationships with our children is essential not only for happiness but also necessary for their development into productive adults who will be able to succeed within society long term!
Let’s Be Positive Fathers!
Being positive and having a supportive attitude around your baby is essential to creating a healthy and secure environment.
Positive words, body language, and facial expressions help babies understand that they are loved, valued, and supported. They also help them develop strong self-esteem, resilience to stress and anxiety, effective communication skills, and trust in themselves.
By being positive around your baby you send the message that you love them unconditionally, which encourages them to take risks, explore their world with confidence, be kind towards others, and ultimately grow up into secure adults.
As a father, you can use positive words to speak over your baby and shower them with love, comfort, and assurance.
Positive words that a father can say include:
• I love you.
• You are precious.
• I believe in you and all that you can do.
• You are strong and capable.
• I’m here for you always.
• You have the power to make a difference in the world.
• I am proud of who you are today and who you will become tomorrow.
• Anything is possible with hard work and dedication.
• You are my sunshine, my light, my joy!
Here’s an easy infographic you can use as a reference or to print out!
Being a father is an incredibly rewarding experience in so many ways. It allows you to be part of your child’s development, watch them grow and learn, share special moments and memories, pass on your values to the next generation, and have unconditional love that lasts for a lifetime.
Seeing your children blossom into happy individuals is so satisfying, knowing that as their father you were able to provide them with love, support and security. Being a father also provides you with immense personal satisfaction and life-long joy.
Noodle Soup has a great book on being a father that we recommend getting!
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