Just For Dads
Becoming a Dad can be both exciting and scary. You baby needs to get to know you, just as much as you need to get to know her.
Let’s get started:
- One of the first things that you can do is to hold your baby skin-to-skin. Take your shirt off and place baby belly-down on your chest or tummy. Your heart beat and warmth is very soothing.
- Skin-to-skin touch is important for your baby’s brain development. Your baby’s brain will grow more in her first three years than during the rest of her life.
- Respond to your baby’s cries of communication. This is her way of talking to you; your job is to learn what she is trying to tell you. By comforting her now, you are showing her that she can trust you and her new world.
- Talk and sing to your baby. Your baby has been listening to your voice long before she was born so your gentle voice will be very soothing to her. Learn a new lullaby; she doesn’t care if you can’t hold a tune.
- Spend time playing with your baby while she is on her tummy. Lay her on your chest or on a blanket on the floor and position yourself so you are face-to-face with her. This tummy time is important to do several times a day to strengthen her neck and shoulders and prevent her from getting a flat head. This is an important and fun job for Dad.
- Look into your baby’s eyes and tell her about your day. By spending lots of time with your baby you will build a special relationship that is very important for your baby’s emotional health.
- Support your baby by supporting her Mom. Provide her with lots of encouragement to help her adjust to her new role as Mom. Communication is even more important now that there is a third person in your relationship. Express your feelings in a positive way using “I” messages, as you transition from partners to parents.