There's nothing sweeter than a father who wants to be involved in all aspects of his baby's life. From feeding, to soothing, to tummy time, there's no limit on the tasks a father can take over. In fact, chances are that mom will appreciate each and every baby-related duty a dad takes on. Since breastfeeding is technically the only "strictly mom" baby-task (except when she pumps,) taking over things after baby eats is a great way to get involved. There are lots of ways dads can and should help with swaddling, and soothing their babies after they've nursed or bottle-fed.
Many fathers speak about a lack of connection with their newborns. It's understandable — the mother is the one who carries, births, and breastfeeds the child. But, sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of extra effort on your end to create the connection you felt was lacking.
Newborns are confusing, schedule-less, and sometimes hard to handle, but swaddling has been known to work wonders for calming and helping babies sleep. According to Baby Sleep Site, swaddling helps babies sleep longer, helps them experience less anxiety, soothes their startle reflex, can even help with colic, and (not surprisingly) helps parents get more sleep too. So whether you're already a swaddling pro or have a hard time holding down your squirming baby, taking the initiative with these simple steps will grow your connection with your baby while taking some of the stress off of mama.