Bonding with Baby – Handy Guide for Dads to Get-Set-Go

Handy Guide for Dads to Get-Set-Go
Traditionally it was considered that the mother should be in charge of the child and was held responsible for his growth and development. The father was seen as the provider of economic resources to maintain the family. But today, men have started to assume their role as fathers in a more active way. Both male and female energies are required so that the child grows into a balanced and complete human being.

Easy Tips for Dads to Get-Set-Go

1. Start Early

Get yourself involved right from conception. You can do the following to show your care:
a) Accompany your partner on visits to the doctor.
b) Plan the baby’s welcome together.
c) Attend pre-natal informative classes.
d) Make suitable changes in your lifestyle.
e) Make her pregnancy and mood-swings a pleasurable and memorable journey.
f) Connect with the baby, talk to the baby in the womb.
g) Make arrangements for a safe and secure delivery.
h) Read books and put on good soothing music for your spouse and baby.

2. Make Time

Fathers need to pay attention to their work schedule on getting the good news.
Just don’t “pay” the “rent”, now you are a “parent”.
Do not overwork yourself just because you have another mouth to feed. Instead, enjoy with the baby because these precious moments will not come back.
His first smile, first attempt to sit, first attempt to walk, talk, first words said, first cricket shot, first nursery rhyme, etc… Make it at the right time!

3. Show Your Love

Hugging, holding, cuddling, kissing and doing all sort of warm and caring actions would not make you less manly.  Affection is reassuring. It conveys love in a way that words and worries cannot.

4. Brighten Up

Enjoy your child’s company. He is a little bundle of joy who gives immense pleasure. Teach him what you know and learn some new things along with your child. Convert stress, competition and performance-oriented things into pleasure, joy and laughter.

5. Heavy Down

It may sound contrary to the earlier point, but what it means is to get involved in decisions and discussions with your partner while deciding things for the family or children.
Be communicating with your partner regarding big
things in life, such as –
“How are we doing as a family?”
“What changes are needed?”
“How can we achieve them together?”, etc.
Let not your partner ever say that she has one more additional child (you!) to be managed besides your children. Do not leave all the tough decisions to your partner like choosing the doctor, selecting the activity classes, choosing a school, the child’s age wise needs, etc.
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