According to Dr. Davies from the Fatherhood Institute, the trick for new dads is to find ways of organizing their lives so they get to do “a good chunk of the hands-on caring” early on. “If that’s tough because of the job you do, maybe there are ways you can tweak your working week to free up more time? If not, and that feels like a problem, maybe you need to think about a different career?” the expert mused.
He advised new dads to get “stuck in” and help out with the childcare. “Don’t hang back like she’s the boss,” he said. “Men are biologically primed to look after children, just like women are, and practice makes perfect. If mum seems better at this stuff, it’s almost certainly because she does more of it. The more you do the better you get.”
So if you want to get better at changing nappies, bathing your child, putting them to bed, singing to them, and reading bedtime stories, you have to carve out the time to do so. There are no shortcuts. “That’s how you’ll build the bond with your baby, and from that…
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