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The daddy way

Moms and dads may handle situations differently. And sometimes, it can be hard for Mom to let Dad have his time with baby in his way. But when she does, it can be great for everyone, especially the baby.
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Up in the air?

Dad’s lifting baby up toward the ceiling again. Your heart grips, but the baby’s gurgling happily away. You know it’s safe, but you still want to jump in. You’re not alone.

For lots of new moms, the feelings of love and protectiveness that you have for your baby can be truly overwhelming. Sometimes, when you see dad playing with the baby in a different way than you would, it can be hard to know the line between being overprotective and being just protective enough.

Fun sure. But safety first.

You do want to make sure anyone handling a baby under 4 months always keeps baby’s neck and head supported: no tossing in the air, shaking the baby’s shoulders, or putting her in a jumping gym or backpack carrier just yet. But baby can benefit from being exposed to lots of different styles. Different voices helps her learn language. Being held and carried by others will give her new perspectives on the world (and give mom’s arms a little rest, too).

Carrying the baby in a cradle hold, having tummy time on Dad’s chest or holding her draped over a forearm in a “football hold” with her head and neck supported are all safe and wonderful experiences dads and babies can share. Giving Dad his full share of baby-handling experience can help to strengthen his bond with the baby while boosting his fatherly confidence, too.

Go dad, go.

Letting baby have lots of dad time will enrich your baby’s repertoire of experiences, and who knows, Dad may even discover new soothing techniques or baby games that all three of you can enjoy.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Best Baby Gear. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 11reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I don't question how my fiancé plays with our child. he knows what our daughter can and can't handle at her age! It just makes more sense to worry when she's up and running around after him!! March 18, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by At 1st I was being overprotective when he had play time with our son who is now 4 weeks old, his play time is pretending to munch on our son's stomach when he was 2 weeks old to make him smile but this causes him to get hiccups every time. I asked the doctor about him getting hiccups and he said its because our son is getting excited in a good way. This eased my mind and they continue to have their play time with each other. July 30, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by i have been a father before and now have a new little girl thats 5 mounths she and her mom,and my son is my world. as a father let me go on record and tell all the moms out ther when us dads play with they baby we have their safty on our minds at all times we would not throw them up in the air unless we was 100 % sure we was going to cath them.as fathers we love to play with the kids and give yall brake to it lets us shine and show yall why yall thought we would be a good father in first place,just trust us we would rather hurt ourselves than ever hurt the baby beleve me May 19, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by is it bad i trust grandpa more with our daughter then dad? i feel like im constantly checking on my daughter and her dad when they r playing. i was concerned when my brother had a son before i had my daughter and some things he did looked questionable to me and since then i couldnt really shake it now im constantly worrying about her safety during playtime. hopefully the bigger and stronger she gets the more ill b able to let go and relax. October 26, 2012
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