To begin the five myths of fatherhood… note that they are not in any significant order. Just thoughts based my feelings, opinions and research!
Myth # 1:
Newborns don’t really need their Father’s!
Sure babies need their mommies for breastfeeding, but at the end of the day, just like your partner, you’re needed for everything else! You can be a source of comfort for your newborn. Take advantage of those moments when your baby could really use a cuddle, a rock, a lullabye. Best time for this? After mommy has fed baby – baby is happy, and mommy wants a break!
Another great way for daddy to feel like you’re needed to your newborn, try feeding her yourself. If your wifey is happy with pumping, then have a few bottles ready, and feed your darling baby in your big arms once in a while! Or schedule it so it becomes something you all look forward to! Again, baby will be happy, and mommy will get a break!
Everything you do with a newborn is a chance for bonding. Moments on the change table, bed time, play time, feeding time, bath time and cuddle time. Try it all!
Check out this great article I read about what a Father is to a Newborn! Daddy&Baby
…What do you think moms and dads? Is mom or dad “more important” to a newborn baby? What ways can you help dad feel “needed”?
Dads: How did you feel when your precious baby came into your world?