Five Bonding Tips for Daddy and Baby

For nine months, pregnant mommies carry a precious, tiny human. Baby is a part of her and she is a part of them. They eat together, sleep together, and grow together. It is often effortless for moms to bond with their babies, as they have shared a life for many months, but what about Dad? It is just as important for Dads to bond with their baby, but it can be a little intimidating trying to measure up to the intimacy felt between mother and child. Although this may be the case, there are plenty of ways for a father to bond with his baby and become just as close to his little one as his female counterpart. Here are five activities to get you started!

1. Although Moms do most of the feeding in a child’s early stages of life, Dads can be a huge help in regards to midnight feedings. After a feeding, Dads can help out enormously by letting Moms go back to sleep while rocking, comforting, and calming Baby. This a great way to allow Mom some extra rest, while Dads get a little one-on-one time with their child. If it is not too difficult or inconvenient, Moms can even pump enough breast milk for an extra bottle or two, so Dad can contribute to the feeding process as well.   

2. Based on studies, moms and dads hold babies differently. Moms tend to be more gentle and close, while dads hold babies in a more firm or playful manner. This absolutely does not suggest being rough with your child, but it is important for him or her to be held in different ways by different people, leading to greater comfort in various situations with a variety of people. Dads should have plenty of physical contact with their baby, allowing the two of them to bond in their own special way. Babies love to be worn close to mom or dad in a sling, satchel, or strapped into a harness. There are many types of baby gear for you to choose from and there is something perfect for every family.

3. Talking to your baby is an incredibly healthy and helpful activity. Even reading the sports page of the newspaper or an article in a car magazine. This will not only allow for fathers to be vocal while his child learns, but it is a great way to spend time together while Dad is reading about the things that interest him, allowing for baby to be a part of Dad’s enjoyable, daily activities.

4. Be a part of your baby’s routine. Young children respond to consistency, in terms of a daily or nightly schedule. Dads should play a role in their child’s routine, helping the baby find comfort in structure while enjoying time with Dad.

5. Lastly, it is so important for Dads to be able to understand and support the needs and wishes of Moms. By paying attention to subtle clues, hints, or gestures, Dads can learn to be present for their families, which will create a stronger, healthier relationship. Parents that come together, help each other, and recognize how special and unique their child is will lead to a cohesive, powerful, fulfilling bond that is one of the most rewarding parts of parenting.

Although these may seem like simple solutions for Dads and their babies to bond, they are great tips to establish a solid foundation to raise happy, healthy individuals.


Story Sources:

Picoult, Jodi (n.d.). Top tips for dads on bonding with your baby. Retrieved July, 2013 from

Zawilinski, Kaelin (n.d.). 12 Ways for Dad to Bond with Baby. Retrieved July 2013 from


Blog written by Rebecca Eisenberg. View more of Rebecca’s work here.


Effective Child Discipline – Focus on your Parenting

Although discipline tactics and time-outs can be a more unpleasant part of raising children, it is necessary to recognize naughty behavior and act accordingly to ensure your little one knows right from wrong. It is absolutely essential to reward and reinforce good behavior while also making it very clear to guide your child away from acting inappropriately. There are many different methods to discipline your child depending on your child’s learning style and your own personal preference. To be most successful in disciplining when your child acts out, it is important to use a variety of tactics to see which one works best for your family.

Time-outs are just one of the many techniques to choose from, but should not be used alone. Time-outs should be used as a break in communication between child and parent, allowing for the child to practice calming his or herself down. This not only lets the child know that what he or she did was wrong, but helps to establish self-control and encourages independence. Here are three tips that we recommend:

1. Punishing your child for every little thing he or she does will not do anyone any good. It is extremely important to help your child form healthy habits and learn that it is wrong to act violently, dangerously, or inappropriately. Figure out what is most important to you. Differentiate the behaviors that are absolutely not okay and the behaviors that are indicative of early childhood. For example, will you reprimand your daughter if she insists on wearing the same pink skirt for a week or would you rather instill the notion that biting is very bad? It is absolutely normal for children to have bouts of anger, confusion, and frustration and it is our jobs as parents to help them. If you punish your son or daughter every time they cry, this may confuse your child into thinking feeling sad, angry, or upset is wrong. Choose your battles wisely in order to properly discipline your child.

2. Consistency is the key. Your reactions to your child’s behavior must be consistent in order to help them understand the difference between good and bad behavior. There is no set schedule or explicit guidelines to follow to ensure your child will stop behaving inappropriately; therefore, it is important to consistently reinforce your corrections. For example, if your child is using hitting to communicate, use a similar tone of voice and volume to state that this is not okay.

3. Be clear, short, and simple when disciplining your child. Although it may be difficult, try not to get emotional. For many of us, it is hard not to give in, reasoning through lengthy conversations of why this is wrong. This may do more harm than good, confusing your child into thinking that the bad behavior is acceptable. Keep it short and simple by speaking in short sentences, using expressions, and a stern tone of voice. Repetition is helpful as well, establishing these lessons and allowing for them to sink in.

These are three of my most influential discipline tips I have found to be effective in raising a well-behaved and confident child.

Hanson, Cynthia (n.d.). 7 Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler. Retrieved July 15, 2013, from

Blog written by Rebecca Eisenberg. View more of Rebecca’s work here.

Fire Up Your Fertility

After years of using contraception, many women may wonder about their ability to conceive. Well, not to worry: Research shows that these lifestyle tweaks will increase your odds.

Weigh In

Being in a healthy weight range (a BMI between 18.5 and 25) reduces the time it takes to get pregnant, according to a study in Fertility and Sterility. For each number over 29 a woman’s BMI climbed, her chance of pregnancy fell by 4 percent. Underweight? Having too little extra cushioning not only impedes conception, it also increases a woman’s risk of miscarriage and premature birth, says Mark Perloe, M.D., a fertility specialist in Atlanta.

Check Your Lube

Studies show that water-based lubricants might damage sperm and make it harder for them to swim. If your lovemaking could use less friction, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends using plain mineral or canola oil, or a pH-friendly hydroxyethylcellulose-based lubricant like Pre-Seed Personal Lubricant.

Forgo “Bad” Fats

Women who consume lower levels of trans fats and sugar and more vegetable protein are more fertile, say researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. In one study, getting just 2 percent of total calories from trans fats doubled the risk for ovulation-related fertility problems.

Get Some Shut-Eye

Too little sleep leads to low levels of the hormone leptin, and this dip may signal the brain to suspend nonessential functions like ovulation.

Relax Already!

The more stressed women are, the less likely they are to conceive. Try yoga or meditation, both of which may lead to increase pregnancy rates.

When To “Go For It”

The best time to try baby-making is right after your body releases a surge of luteinizing hormone (LH). This increase triggers ovulation, which is the most fertile time of your cycle. Aim to have sex one to three days following the LH rise, with peak fertility – and your best chance at hitting baby bingo – occurring during that window, 36 hours after the spike.

Top Kiddie Carriers Make Workouts Even Easier

Most people realize that exercise and a healthy lifestyle are important. Moms want to be around to meet their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and we have a better chance of that if we take care of our bodies now. For years, we’ve all been told that keeping active will give us more energy to play with our kids. Let’s face it – more energy is a pretty enticing offer for most parents. Possibly even better, it will teach our children to lead more healthy lives.

With these amazing accessories, what better way to work out than with your little one in tow! The newest crop of kiddie carriers makes working out with your child safer and comfier than ever before.





Run Plus One: Best Running Carrier

You can lock the front wheel of this BOB Revolution SE Stroller ($450; in the forward position to increase stability while you’re jogging!





Stride Right: Best Walking Carrier

The cushioned straps and waist belt on the Britax baby carrier ($130; help distribute your tyke’s weight evenly to maximize comfort on long walks.




Take a Spin: Best Bicycle Carrier

Your precious cargo will be safely guarded from win, rain, debris, and insects in this Schwinn Spirit Bicycle Trailer ($139;





Hit the Trail: Best Hiking Carrier

A five-point harness in the Kelty FC 3.0 ($250; keeps a tot up to 50 pounds secure on hikes, while the removable canopy protects from sun and showers.