For mamas bonding with your baby generally starts as soon as that pregnancy test shows up positive, for papas it can take a little while longer…we chatted with John Adams, dad of two and writed behind Dad Blog UK . He gave us his best advice to create a bond with baby that will only get stronger as they grow.
- Don’t hang around before bonding with your child. Yes, you probably do feel nervous or maybe even worried that you’re not up to the job of being a dad. Trust me; everyone feels this way. It’s simply a sign you care
- Do not listen to anyone who says you have no part to play in the early days of your child’s life. Although such views are becoming less popular, they do still exist and you may encounter the odd comment along these lines
- One of the easiest things you can do with a new born is to strip baby down to their nappy, take your shirt off and place baby on your chest. This is known as skin to skin. It allows baby to get used to your smell (make sure you’re not wearing aftershave or heavily scented deodorant)
- Mum may be breastfeeding, but you can help. Winding baby after feeds allows you to be part of the process whilst also giving mum a much-deserved break. If your child is bottle fed, do your share of the feeds. There is nothing like holding a contented, happily fed baby, even if it is 2am
- Bonding with your child doesn’t have to take huge effort. It can be as simple as going for a walk. Consider using a carrier so baby is close to you. Also spending time playing one-on-one with your child goes a long way!
Whatever effort you can make will help and will help you establish your role as father. Very best of luck on your fatherhood journey.