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July, 2013

24 Jul 13

How new fathers can bond with their babies

Throughout their pregnancy, labour and first months of nursing a baby, mothers receive healthy doses of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for the strong love and tight bond between mother and child. Fathers, on the other hand, do not have such a strong physical pull towards their children. Their initial reactions to children are varied. My father-in-law told me that when he saw his daughter’s face for the first time, his whole world changed from black and white to colour, much like the sensation Dorothy experienced when she travelled to the magical world of Oz. While those feelings are valid and beautiful, not all fathers feel an immediate connection with their newborns. Many husbands are unsure of how to cope with the tiny new person in their lives or how to connect and create the father baby bond. Do not worry! Even if there is no sudden spark, your relationship can […]

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17 Jul 13

The Swaddling Basics

The tender act of swaddling has been a tradition in my family for generations. My grandmother swaddled my mum, she swaddled me, I swaddled my infants, and so forth. This simple tender act is a wonderful way for parents to protect their newborns and help them to sleep. Here are four things you should know before attempting it yourself: Swaddling benefits both mothers and children. Mothers try to imitate the womb for their stressed and colicky newborn infants by wrapping them up in a warm blanket. After being in a tight space their entire lives, albeit only nine months, feeling secure in a place can calm and put to sleep even the fussiest babies. It also helps avoid the Moro reflex that most infants up to four or five months old feel. When a crying baby sleeps, the mother also has a chance to rest, whether it be with her […]

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