New fathers often feel less confident than new mothers around a baby, and may feel excluded in the close relationship that develops between the mother and baby.
Like mothers, fathers need quiet time to spend holding their new babies close, gazing into their eyes, talking to them and comforting them when distressed.
When a father responds to their baby's needs, a trusting relationship and a life long attachment develops. This establishes the foundation for a growing child to enter a healthy relationship with other people throughout their life.
Babies that have a strong bond with their fathers also have a better chance at developing a full range of emotions which helps them in the future as they begin to socialize with others.
How can fathers connect with their baby's? Fathers may wish to take walks with their babies tucked into a Snugli-type carrier or simply hold a quiet baby while reading or watching TV.
DadWare's Bondaroo T-shirt, allows fathers to bond easily with their newborn, while having skin to skin/kangaroo care and spend quiet time, reading or watching TV.
See here for more information about the essential process of infant bonding.