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Be an involved father

Taking care of a small baby may seem awkward at first, but over time you will become more comfortable. As your baby grows, you will develop a special relationship. Spend lots of time with your newborn to get to know your baby.

Even though it may seem like mom is in charge, here are some ways you can be an involved father:

  • Love, feed, play with and protect your baby to promote healthy brain development.

  • Do everyday activities with your baby, like bathing or bedtime. It helps to strengthen the attachment between the two of you.

  • Learn to read the signals that tell you when your baby needs you. You may not always know what is wrong, but your job is to try to comfort your baby.

  • Make eye contact and talk to your baby. A gentle voice may comfort your baby.

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