Do you melt when you see your partner or spouse interact and bond with the baby? I know I do. One of the most rejuvenating and touching things is to watch your spouse spend time bonding with the kids.
As the mom in the picture, I feel a bit of a responsibility to help my husband bond well with since the baby spends most of his time with me. Knowing that, I know their time together is precious and important for establishing a relationship.
Here are a few ways to do for bonding of dad and baby:
Get dad involved at feeding times
While mummy is breastfedding wand bonding with the baby at feeding times, dads can be involved in getting the baby to burb. Your spouse can be burping the baby and have fun at it while the baby spit flies all over. Not only does the baby get to be close to dad, but it is can also become a little family ritual that can be done together.
Let dad and baby cuddle it up!
Evening times with a newborn can be a bit chaotic while trying to juggle feedings, diaper changes, laundry, dinner, and even just saying hi to your significant other. One thing that I have found helpful is to let dad and baby have their cuddle time.
Make bath time a family event
Have you come to love bath time with your baby? Some babies love being in the warm water and getting a baby massage. We have found that you can have fun (and it is easier) making bath time happen as a family. You can divide the washing routine e.g. mum can wash the body while dad washes the hair. Some good memories can be achieved from this routine. Its also great watching dad develop his confidence while holding a slippery baby.
Have dad become part of your established morning routine
Morning routines look different in every household. Dads can get baby ready for the day by changing the diaper or dressing up. Then, they can hang out for a few minutes together while mom gets ready. Those early morning moments really mean a lot and are a great boost of baby time before heading to work. This might not work exactly the same way for your schedule, but be creative! I bet there are ways that you can combine a needed routine with quality bonding!
Let dad and baby develop their own thing
As a mom (or woman?), you sometimes desire to have control over everything. Can you relate at all? However, one of the best things to do is to allow your spouse or partner to let him do his own thing with your baby. Whether that means some quality tummy time, reading a book, or looking at the Christmas tree, I am learning that they find great things to do together and enjoy it much more when you hands off