Patrick Drake
by on February 26, 2023  in Family & Home / Let's Talk Baby /
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It is fathers' role to nurture and care their baby from the earliest days. This is the foundation that will last for the rest of their lives. Even before birth, babies are familiar with their father's voice for weeks. For the infant's development to be boosted and to reduce the risk of paternal postpartum depression, fathers need to interact and bond with their newborn. Almost from birth, moms are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their babies. But what about the other parent? Do babies miss dad’s presence when he’s not around? The answer is, yes! Fathers should spend at least one hour every day with their children, not only talking, but simply being present.

In most infants, between 3 and 7 months, they make up their minds about their primary attachment figure. During this time, the infant will focus on the person who gets things right the most and is there for them the most often when they need them. For newborns, it's normal for them to prefer their mom over their dad because apart from spending 9 months in their mother's tummy, newborns rely on their mothers for care and nutrition.

 

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According to Dr. Laible, babies recognize their parents' voices and smells right from birth. What follows is them linking those sounds and smells with something they can see. That is why they study your face as if they were trying to remember it. As early as 4 days old, babies can recognize their parents' faces. By paying attention to your baby during feeding times, cuddle sessions, and throughout the day, you teach him or her to trust you.

Research shows that a father's involvement in a child's life, especially an engaged father, has a direct impact on their growth and development. Having an uninvolved parent can lead to children with low self-esteem or emotional neediness in other relationships as a result of a lack of affection and attention. Parents are equally important, and both are vital to their children. The most important thing is that both parents show up and stay involved. Both parents are indispensable and incredibly important to their children throughout life. Relationships and people involved play a big part in determining its true extent.

Fathers play a crucial role in the development of children, a role that is not redundant when compared with motherhood. Children whose fathers are involved in their health and development are less likely to experience depression, behavioral problems, and teenage pregnancy, according to experts. Several studies indicate that active father involvement makes babies feel secure, confident, and independent.

 

6 ways to make the father share duties with the mother for a newborn |  Parenting News,The Indian Express

 

A baby's first attachment is usually formed with their mother, but the bonds formed with their fathers are just as important. Although babies form attachment relationships with adults who care for them, the bonds formed with their parents are the most significant.

 

Read also:

The 5 Best Daily Habits For Raising A Happy Baby

Why Good Manners Should Be Taught At An Early Age

5 Simple Ways To Bond With Your Newborn

Hands-On Parenting: What Is It And How Can You Be One

How To Be A Great Dad To Your Son

 

 

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Karla Karanza
I hope all dads will be able to read this
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Ginger Lynne Schevers
babies/children needs a father's love
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Ananya Dattagupta
I hope all dads realize that they play an important role to their newborn babies
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dads are important as moms
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