Dads and Newborns: First Week at Home

Dads, just like the moms, are equally nervous and excited about a newborn baby.

Once the baby is already home, this is the time when the dads and newborns are bonding even more. Sometimes, this is also when dads need to step up and help make sure that the new addition to the family is okay.

Here are some tips for first-time fathers once the baby is at home:

The more you hold the baby, the more they'll get used to you

Dads and newborns can establish their bonds when they are physically bonded. 

For first-time fathers, holding a baby is nerve-wracking. However, a baby can get used to the dad when they are always held. That way, the dads can also be more confident in holding the baby. 

It is also good to note that if a baby is uncomfortable, they will show it, and dads may adjust.

Dads and Newborns: The First Week of a Newborn Baby at Home
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Dads and Newborns: The First Week of a Newborn Baby at Home

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Even a healthy baby will cry, so learn the predictable reasons for this.

Newborn babies cry numerous times within a day, usually between one and three hours a day. Although this may freakout new dads, it must be noted that crying is a child's only means of communication. 

That is why first-time fathers should also learn the predictable reasons why babies cry. Some of these are: 

  • Baby is hungry
  • Baby needs a clean diaper
  • Baby wants a cuddle.
Dads and Newborns: The First Week of a Newborn Baby at Home
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Dads and Newborns: The First Week of a Newborn Baby at Home

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Know how much and how often the baby needs to be fed

Whether your wife is breastfeeding or not, a father must know how much and how often the baby needs to be fed.

Also, if the wife is breastfeeding, the feeding will be a task for the mom. However, dads should still be of support to their partners.

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Bathtime can be a great bonding time for dads and newborns

Some dads say that bathtime serves as a huge part of their everyday life. They see this as a form of bonding with their newborn baby.

Although it sounds like a fun activity, it is also a skill that needs mastery.

There are several ways to bathe a baby. Some of these are:

  • Topping and tailing
  • using a baby seat
  • a tummy tub
  • washing the baby in the sink
  • using a baby bath

Whichever seems comfortable or fit for the dads and newborns, some of the important things to note are:

  • The water temperature
  • The products you use to bathe the baby should not irritate or overwhelm the baby's senses.
  • Never leave the baby unattended in the water.

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