A little attachment before birth can greatly increase the chances of fathers developing a strong bond with their child when the baby is born. Babies can hear in the womb from around 18 weeks. So, no matter how silly it may seem, take the time every day to talk, sing and read to your baby in the womb.
This is your opportunity to share your day or even your top 10 albums of all time with them. Why not tell your child about your dreams and aspirations for them, and what you could do together? All of this can lead to a stronger bond after birth. At about six months, communication goes to another level. Your child is now ready to play.
There is one form of play that children and dads prefer – rough and somersaulting. We’re talking about flying around the room, tossing the baby up and down, and lots of tickling. Fast, gambling and risky play contributes to the release of oxytocin, dopamine and beta-endorphin. This means that babies and their dads get a charge of bonding chemicals.
Not only is this a great way for you to really get to know each other, but it is also fundamental to your child’s physical and social development. This develops their mental stability, physical coordination and social skills. So, dads, feel free to tickle, jump, and bounce, and you’ll see your bond grow stronger.