Before I became a mother, I assumed skin-to-skin contact, or "kangaroo care," with a newborn was meant to aid breastfeeding and that's it. Yeah, I was wrong. Turns out, skin-to-skin is the preferred way to hold and bond with all babies, regardless of how they're fed or who is feeding them. All parents, and not just moms, should use this technique regularly. So, when I asked dads to describe what it's like to do skin-to-skin for the first time, I realized most of them enjoyed this special time with their babies just as much as I did. Mom? Dad? Yeah, it doesn't matter. Skin-to-skin is awesome, regardless.
One of my favorite things about having a newborn was this close physical contact. I would put my little new babe inside my shirt and snuggle until he fell asleep, all warm and serene and secure. While it was a comfortable way to bond, skin-to-skin contact is more than just a nice cuddle. According to La Leche League, skin-to-skin contact, "Helps regulate the baby's temperature, breathing, heart rate, and sugar levels." So not only does it give you all those warm and fuzzy feelings, it actually assists your baby's body in doing baby body things. Science FTW.