Daddy Diaries: Life after baby (Ages 4 to 6 months)
This week we are continuing our series on what it is like to be a new dad. Last month we shared our favorite advice from experienced fathers about the first 3 months of your baby’s life. This week, we continue the “Daddy Diaries” by sharing expert insights about ages 4 to 6 months from dad’s who’ve “been there, done that…”
Congratulations! You have survived the infant stage. So far. While your sleep may not be improving, the smiles you get each morning are worth it, right? And the good news is that by the time your baby is four months old, you and your partner may feel like you have a new normal and a new routine – even if that routine includes waking up three times a night. Hopefully by now, you’ll have learned just how little sleep you can function on.
There are a lot of ways that you can get involved in taking care of the baby during this time. If your baby is sleeping, you can take control of the baby monitor to give your partner a true break from listening for their every move. With Levana’s Willow baby monitor, you can even play your baby lullabies while you relax on the couch and catch a few minutes of the game. Your baby will also start feeding less frequently, so leaving them with a trusted family member or friend for a couple of hours may become a possibility. Why not plan a date night? Or at least a quick trip to the grocery store, just the two of you?
Babies are very alert and love to explore faces at this age – theirs in the mirror, or yours in their hands. In other words, now is the time to campaign for that beard you have always wanted (after all, you wouldn’t want to deny your baby of something to play with!).
Here are some other fun highlights to look forward to:
- Dad jokes: while they may not understand the punchline, babies do start to laugh around this time. Try to get some smiles or giggles by speaking in funny voices and making funny faces to your baby. For more fun, try it while holding them in front of a mirror.
- Longer attention span: your baby will begin to be able to focus for longer periods of time. While it is important to limit screen time, some dads find that holding their baby while they watch their favorite sports game or even do some work on their computer is a great way to bond and keep baby amused.
- New skills: your baby will begin this phase by being able to hold their head on their own. This is a big step as it opens up a new world of activities you can enjoy together; more positions in their baby carrier and stroller and fun games like getting bounced on your knee. By 6 months, they may even be able to sit on their own.
Next month we’ll share insights and highlights from Levana dads about months 7 to 9 months with your new baby (hint: get ready for a whole new kind of Diaper Duty!). Follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss a thing!