Newborns don't talk much, and any conversation with them is going to be pretty one-sided. Once you're past the greetings, and the cutesy or silly things people say to babies, you might feel like you've run out of things to say. But newborns need you to talk to them, because their brains are taking in language and cracking the code so fast that within a year they … [Read more...] about Talking to Your Newborn? Not as One-Sided a Conversation as You Might Think.
Much has been made of the importance of a baby’s smile, and cross-cultural studies show that all human babies smile at about the same age, 3-5 months. As a father, this is one of the best ways to connect, because it’s gratifying to see them smile, and they will pay rapt attention, and start looking forward to your stimulating company. All it really takes are the simplest … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Make a Baby Smile
Confession: I had never held a baby until my first was born. Most first-time dads faced with their newborn child are in the same boat: How floppy will it be? Can you break it? How many years will it be before I can interact with it? While I was still puzzling this, my wife, without even moving from bed after her exhausting labor, took the newborn back and settled her in the … [Read more...] about Bonding with Your New Baby: A DIY Approach