Grow the Daddy-Baby Relationship Before Birth

Return to "The Pregnancy Partners: Blokes, Babies and You"

by Sam Holt

Bonding with a baby is generally easier for new moms. What about new dads? What can he do during pregnancy to bond with the baby faster?

  1. Give your baby a nick name and maybe even find out the sex – this helps him to start visualizing a real person inside your bump.
  2. Make sure he attends all the ultrasounds -- a picture is worth a thousand words and seeing is believing.

  3. Get him interacting with the baby by talking to the bump and playing music to find out what music gets him moving.
  4. Learn how you can build a baby through food and exercise. By understanding how different foods can contribute toward the baby’s growth and development he be inspired to get in the kitchen and cook for you both.

It's not easy for guys to bond with the baby while it's in utero but starting early helps with the bonding process after birth.

About the authors: Troy Jones: Troy's company produced the Being Dad series and he has traveled the globe interviewing hundreds of new dads and experts. As a result we like to think of him as a "well renowned global guru in all things Being Dad;" sounds impressive anyway. Troy has a beautiful daughter Matilda, who appears in the Being Dad series.

Sam Holt: Best known for coming up with a new idea every five minutes it's little wonder that Being Dad was, in fact, his idea. Fortunately, Being Dad was one of Sam's better ideas and with the help of Troy and Tom it has grown way beyond all of their expectations. Sam has a son, Hugo, who is too cute to be his.

Tom Hastwell: Lured out of the corporate world by Sam and Troy, Tom has been bitten by the business bug. Troy and Sam are eagerly awaiting news that Toms wife is pregnant so that they can attach a camera crew to him for nine months and actually put him to work. Tom is currently practicing for kids.

Copyrighted © SLM Global Pty Ltd 2009. Permission to publish granted to