To learn about relationships, baby needs his mother as
his primary caretaker. The trust he learns allows him to be
able to separate from her and develop other relationships
later in life. A father is usually baby’s first extended
relationship. Within this relationship, baby learns
differences in voices and sounds and smells, being held and
cuddled, and being comforted. This relationship is built
when the father takes on some of the baby’s care. In
addition to bonding and building love, the father learns
parenting skills by interacting with baby in this way.
Often when we think of bonding, we imagine a mother and her
child gazing intensely and contentedly at each other with no
thought of the father. Fathers also bond with their infants.
Bonding is the result of a continuing interaction between
the baby and the parents which forms the relationship.
Fathers as well as mothers can hold babies face-to-face,
talking to and touching them. This growing attachment helps
baby and father to form a close relationship and helps
father adjust to his new role.
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