Having a baby is one of the most magical things anyone can ever do and throughout your pregnancy, it’s highly likely that your partner did everything they could to make sure you were comfortable and had everything you needed.
Once your beautiful baby arrives, you’ll naturally want your partner to feel as involved as possible and even though you were the one to carry your child, your partner is just as much a parent as you are.
Encourage Them to Spend Time Alone with the Baby ASAP
One of the more common situations that new fathers find themselves in is that the mother tends to naturally want to take care of the feeds, changing and calming of the baby, which is, of course, entirely normal.
However, between feeds and during times when your baby is fussing, encourage your partner to take the lead and be the one to comfort them, as it’s has been conclusively proven that the father’s involvement in the first few months is of pivotal importance.
When leaving your baby alone with their dad, try to remember the following:
- Trust their instincts
- Let them develop their own way of communicating
- Avoid giving them a hard time if you see them doing something in a different way
- Let them enjoy playtime with the baby without interfering
Remember This is All New to Him Too
Becoming a mother has such a hugely influential impact on your life and your mind and one incredibly helpful way to ensure that your partner feels as involved and included as you do is to keep asserting how important the role of father is and will continue to be as your baby grows.
Spend time browsing the range of beautiful, yet affordable 1st Fathers Day gift ideas that are available and keep reinforcing, both literally and with your actions, his new role as a father and how important that is.
Let Him Enjoy the Fun Newborn Activities
Getting used to the new inability to sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time at night is something both you and your partner will have to get used to, but even though it’s absolutely right that your husband should do his fair share of the midnight feeds, for example, make sure he’s involved with the more fun activities, too.
Work hard to ensure his levels of paternal satisfaction are, and remain high, during the first few months of your baby’s life. Encourage him to lie your baby on his bare chest, as skin-to-skin contact is beneficial to both baby and father and schedule time each and every day for your partner to spend one-on-one time with their baby.
Additionally, be sure to keep the lines of communication open between you and your partner and make him feel as involved in your relationship as taking care of your newborn.