I was overjoyed when our first daughter was born, even though I felt I was meeting her for the very first time. In hopes of bonding with this little baby, my wife and I were intentional about finding ways for me to spend special time with my daughter.
During the first few days of having her at home with us, we would strip her down to her diaper and allow her to sleep on my chest. The warmth, safety and familiar sound of Daddy comforted her.
Because my wife was responsible for all the feedings, I took on diaper duty for the first week. This gave me exclusive time with our baby.
My wife carried our daughter for nine months, but once she was born, I took over most of the carrying duties. On walks, I pushed the stroller or wore the baby carrier. As we strolled, I showed my daughter the world around her.
This article appeared in the August/September 2012 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Nick Lamb and Kirsten Lamb. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.