It can be quite difficult for new dads to transit into fatherhood smoothly. Fatherhood comes with numerous responsibilities that can be overwhelming. Interestingly, just like mothers, fathers are equally good in detecting and responding to their newborns needs. However, though there may be differences in the parenting styles of the mother and the father, the best thing is that dads care for their children in ways that only dads can. Therefore, if you are overwhelmed with the idea of being a new dad, here are a few tips that will see you bond with you newborn baby.
First, don’t be afraid to try new things however scary they might look. Thus, you can help with bathing, dressing, changing the diapers and so on. These are some of the best ways of bonding with the baby. Additionally, note that good parenting emanates from practice; the more you do some things, the more confident you become. It is also necessary to support your partner when they become overwhelmed. For instance, you can help her in identifying the reason why the baby won’t stop crying. That way, you will discover the things that your baby likes or dislikes in addition to how she responds to certain things such as stroking, humming and so on.
It is also essential to be affectionate to your child; affection helps in the generation of oxytocin into the baby’s brain. Oxytocin enables the baby to feel good and stimulates the development of their brains. You can show affection by imitating the facial expressions of your baby be it a frown, a giggle, funny sounds or smiles. Such gestures will enhance the attachment that you have with your baby.
Though it may seem difficult, try talking with your baby. Talking or singing helps the newborn gain a sense of contentment and security. It also enables them to build their language skills.
With these tips, you will be the best dad ever!