Daddy And Baby Dates: An Actionable Way To Bond
You've probably heard about that incredible chemical oxytocin. Oxytocin is released in a mother's brain during pregnancy to promote bonding with her unborn baby—it's also produced during breastfeeding. For fathers, this dose of oxytocin is not distributed until their child is born and they begin to care for it. From the very start of life, fathers bond with their child through action instead of biology. This shows that as a dad, loving your child on the deepest possible level requires a little bit of effort. We already know breastfeeding is awesome, but if a child is nursing it can be even more difficult for dads to reach that same level of bonding with their little ones.
How Can Fathers Bond With Their Babies?
For fathers to bond with their baby, they need to care for them and spend time with them. This can be done through allocating a certain time of day to baby snuggles or helping with diaper changes and nighttime wake ups. One unique and exciting way to help the bonding process is to go on Daddy and Baby Dates.
How Can Daddy And Baby Dates Benefit Fathers?
Daddy and Baby Dates give fathers a chance to grow as they bond with their child. Fatherhood changes a man
in many ways, and the time spent with baby during these dates aids in changing hormone levels to allow for bonding. Fathers may even experience brain growth while caring for their child during these special times, according to a study done by the US National Library of Medicine
What Are The Best Daddy And Baby Dates?
One good place to go is the library. It's a well-known fact that books are important from the very start of a child's life. Studies have found that when dads are the ones to read to children, their development flourishes at an even greater level
. Consider going to the library with your baby and reading together. Find a cozy place on the brightly colored floor mats to lay down, and flip through books filled with abstract images or silly rhymes.
You may also want to consider taking a baby-wearing walk. Physical touch aids in social-emotional development
and helps the bond between a father and child grow. Consider putting your little one in a baby carrier and taking a stroll in a nearby park or even just for a lap around the block. Your baby will love feeling your warmth while you snuggle up, and you'll be benefiting their social-emotional growth
at the same time.
Though these two options are developmentally friendly, any outing you decide to partake in with your little one will be beneficial. Remember to make an actionable plan to bond with your baby, and enjoy your special time together. Soon both you and your child will reap the benefits.
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