6 Ways To Help Your Husband Bond With Your Baby

How do you feel when you see your husband interacting with your baby?

It feels great right. I find it beautiful and interesting to see them play and laugh together.  For some it happens effortlessly and for others it takes being deliberate about involving your partner in your child’s life for a bond to form. As a mum, it takes being intentional about the kind of father and child relationship you want in your family for this to happen.

Given that your baby spends more time with you than your partner, you can help build a beautiful bond between father and child if you do the following;

  1. Let Him Feed the Baby: This very possible for both formula-fed and breastfed babies. Guide your husband on how to measure and mix the right quantity of milk and water for your baby’s food. If you are breastfeeding, sometimes you can express the milk into a feeding bottle to give your husband the opportunity to feed the baby while you watch and rest. If you have to breastfeed, allow him to burp the baby.
  2. Let them Cuddle Together: Caring for a baby is highly demanding especially when both of you are working. Evening time activities after work can be a whole lot to handle. But you don’t have to do it alone, when your husband comes back home, give the baby to him to cuddle while you get on with other home chores
  3. He can Bath the Baby too: Some men are usually afraid to hold the babies or even bath babies but as the baby grows bathing becomes less difficult. If your husband is not afraid of bathing the baby then let him do it as you watch out for him.
  4. Involve Him in Your Morning Routine: Every family has different morning routines. If you both leave together for work, you can ask him to dress the baby while you dress up for work too. If he leaves for work before you or you are a stay-at-home mum, you should encourage him to pray for the family while carrying the baby every morning. Any other morning idea that fits into your routine to help to bond will do.
  5. Reading Bedtime Stories: At bedtimes, allow your husband to pick a book and read to your baby. This is a great way to help your baby learn her dad’s voice; build your child’s intelligence and language skills. Reading and listening to stories is such a lovely way to end the day.
  6. Let them be: Give your husband freehand to choose the activities he wants to engage in with his baby, you do not have to choose all they have to do. Just let them be when they are together and they would find their rhythm.

Once this bonding foundation is set, as your kids grow older, it becomes easy and effortless to have a great father and child relationship. Other areas of bonding with older kids can be done through outings with them, sport events, schoolwork and so much more.




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Breaking Stereotypes With The Work-From-Home Dad Trend

Work-from-home dad? Yes, you read right!

The work-from-home dad phenomenon is fast becoming the new normal.  Many men chose to leave their paid job to pursue entrepreneurship, which offers time flexibility compared to their paid jobs while others are forced to be one due to job loss.

In many homes, the women are the breadwinner, this may look odd because of the social and religious stereotypes we all believe in that stipulates that the woman should be at home and the man should be out and about making money for the home.

Many at times the choice to stay at home for many men is difficult to make because of the social perception associated with men who do not go out of their house. Some women may even be accused of using voodoo or love portions on their spouse in order to make lose their desire to work outside the home.

Being a stay-at-home dad is not synonymous with being jobless or useless. In recent times many men have successfully run offline and online businesses worth millions from the confines of their home while looking out for the kids. There are factors to consider before taking the bold step of being a work-from-home dad

Have a side hustle: many men who opt out of full-time employment to work for themselves have either marketable skills or side hustles with the huge prospect of growing big if more time was devoted to it. Do not take a leap out of your job to the unknown out of the zeal of being a work-from-home dad without test running this business to see if it would hold up. You can offer your skills on online platforms that require such skills.

Mutual understanding: Couples must come to an agreement on the choice of who works and who stays at home. It would not make financial sense if the woman who earns more have to stay at home because the man who earns less has to work to prove a point. All the angles to this decision must be considered dispassionately.

Prepare yourself for wrong perceptions: it is still not popular to find men work full time from home. You have to be prepared to encounter misunderstanding from well-meaning people who are concerned about your ‘joblessness’ all because you do not step out of your house as much as other men do.

Once you are certain that this idea of being a work-from-home dad will fly. Take the step and work hard it. It might be rough at the start but you certainly will pull through and grow big if you don’t give up.

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