My OH and I have been talking about this although bump is not yet here! A good idea that a friend of my mum had is the dad and baby/toddler do something special at the weekend like swimming. Obviously in the first few weeks this doesn't help but I think you've just got to do what works for you. I'm hoping to breast feed and my OH is planning on taking a month off, 2 weeks paternity and 2 weeks leave which will be really nice but we'll just have to see what happens
my husband worked all day like most dads but when he came home at 6.00p.m he would take control of bath time. He would bath the baby and get them ready for bed and pass to me for a feed. It's been an excellent bonding thing and my husband has done the same with both my sons.
I have only ever bathed the children a hand full of time and when I do the boys always ask for a husband.
Now the boys are a little older (3 and 1) it's great because after getting ready for bed he'll read them a story too!
As a dad of a 14 month old boy ( Angus ) and expecting again in August, I have to agree with R.D.
After a long day at work, I love coming home and doing the bedtime routine, bath, story and bed. I really appreciate the fact that my lovely wife has been run ragged all day, and its my chance to play a part, and give her a break.
At the weekends, I do the wake up shift too, we're eally fortunate that this is usually about 7.30am, and Cathy has a lie in till whenever she likes. Weekend mornings are officially BOY TIME !! and I love it.
Really glad to see some dads on here who want to play as much of a part in caring for baby as they can. My OH goes to work so I get Paige up virtually every morning then care for her all day. What bugs me is even on the evenings and weekends I feel like my OH doesnt take any initiative to do things with the baby. I cant remember the last time he made up bottles without me having to ask him to. I know he needs a break after a full day of work, just doesnt feel like he realises how much work a 9 month old is aswell. Feel like I have to do everything and he almost expects undying gratitude for doing the odd feed. Really dont understand why he's like this, as he's had 2 kids with his first wife so not like he didnt know what he was taking on.
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