Dad is such an important person in and part of our lives!
We often focus so much on mom’s role in a baby or child’s life that we sometimes forget that dads are just as crucial for babies’ health, happiness and development.
There are all types of dads and each has a special way that he loves his kids. I just wanted us as moms or moms-to-be to remember the importance of allowing dads and babies to bond from the moments of pregnancy and beyond.
As new moms, we often hover and feel the need to always be near our babies but we need to step back just a tiny bit and let the dads have that space and time to make a connection and to build a relationship with their baby too.
For some dads, bonding comes naturally from the moment mom is pregnant but for others it takes a little encouragement. Let dad talk to your belly, encourage him to participate in taking care of the baby. This could simply mean letting him change a diaper or bathing the baby or rocking the baby. Let him know that he is a vital part of his child’s life.
Give dad the confidence to make his own discoveries about baby’s likes and dislikes and to bond in his own way. The connection that is made and the relationship that is forged at this early stage will last forever.
So this Father’s Day, let’s show our appreciation to all the dads and dads-to-be for their unwavering support and tireless work for their families. Maybe we can even cook him a Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna!
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, dads-to-be and moms who are dads too!