New dads

You might feel overwhelmed at first, but new dads are just as good as new mums at recognising and responding to the needs of newborns. Your attention, care and the sound of your voice can be important in making your baby feel calm and protected, and in stimulating brain development.

Get involved in all aspects of your baby’s care.

  • Settling, bathing, changing and dressing your baby can be prefect times for one-on-one bonding.
  • Show affection and use a sing-song voice when you are doing things together to make your baby feel content and safe.
  • Playtime is important too. Tummy time stimulates muscle and brain development, while different sights and sounds, as well as rhymes and stories will build skills, language and memory.

Some more tips on being a dad.

Image Parent and educator play with a baby at an early years service


Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 28 August 2018

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