Being a new dad can be tough. From sleepless nights to endless nappies and finding it difficult to form that deep connection with the new little person in your life.
Especially, at the moment, as your baby has one priority – boobs! The mother’s ability to produce milk will always make them the favourite. So, how can you possibly compete with that to become the number one parent?
Fortunately bonding with bub is easier than you think, and it all comes down to the time you spend with them. And if you’re going to be doing dedicated daddy-time, there’s a few things you’ll need along the way.
We’ve rounded up our favourite products for helping you bond with your new bub in the gallery below …
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The best products to help you bond with bub
Baby Björn Baby Carrier Mini: Babies are like sensory sponges, so activities like walks and trips out of the house are the perfect occasion to bond with your wee one. Baby carriers like the Baby Björn Mini allow your baby to absorb the world around them, while also feeling close and safe on your chest with you.
Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser: Giving your baby a massage has been shown to have amazing benefits, from aiding digestion to helping with sleep. One of the biggest take aways is that it’s also a great way for dads to connect with their babies. We recommend Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, it’s super hydrating and perfect for newborn and sensitive skin.
Swaddle Grobag: Swaddling is hard to get right, so many factors come into play; remembering how to fold them, how tight it needs to be, if they are wiggling too much and most annoyingly if they fill up their nappy during the night and you have to repeat the whole process again. Luckily, there is the Swaddle Grobag! With a pull of a zip and the push of a button your little one is snuggled up. Meaning less reliance on your partner doing the bedtime routine after feeding, and more time for dad and bub.
Bright Starts Spots Stripes Play Gym: Sensory stimulation is extremely important for new bubs in their development. Play gyms like this one from Bright Starts are a perfect way for you and your bub to get on the floor together and play, by having fun making silly faces in the mirror and funny voices with the toy animals.
The Gro Company Groswaddledry: As well as being a great time for cuddles and bonding, as your baby gets bigger, bath time becomes a special multi-sensory learning experience where they can play and splash around with bubbles and toys. This cute as a button towel from The Gro Company is perfect for those cuddly moments after bath time and before bed.
The minbie Hospital Grade Rechargeable Double Breast Pump allows mums to express with more comfort and speed. As a result, dads can help out with feeding duties and that’s a win-win.