I know he's the Sexiest Man Alive, but I never really thought Channing Tatum was all that hot. Until I saw this photo of him carrying his new baby through an airport in a sling. Swoon. It may be cliche, but there are few things sexier than a sensitive papa. And in this here photo? Channing's all kinds of sensitive.
But hotness factor aside, there are some seriously amazing benefits for both Channing and little Everly when he carries her in a sling like this. Whenever we talk about Attachment Parenting, it's typically associated with mothers. And although there are some things only mamas can do, dads can get in on the Attachment Parenting fun, too. Just look at Channing!
Here are 6 ways dads can practice Attachment Parenting.
1. Wear their baby. Despite being one of the more obnoxious parenting terms, "wearing your baby" is a great way to bond with your little one -- and clearly, dads can do it, too. The next time the fam bam heads out for the day, ditch the stroller and have dad on sling duties. It's a great way to be close to one another.
2. Skin to skin. And speaking of being close to one another, dads should give skin to skin contact a whirl, too. Mamas obviously experience this while nursing, but there's no reason men should lose out on such a sweet moment, too. When baby is teeny-tiny and willing to nap anywhere, any time, have baby take a snooze on dad while both are shirtless. And talk about cute.
3. Co-sleeping. Co-sleeping isn't for everyone, but it's a great way for fathers to bond with their little ones. No, they won't be the ones waking in the middle of the night to nurse, but they'll be able to cuddle.
4. Joint bathtime. There's going to come a time when bathing with dad and mom is weird, but when they're little, there's nothing weird about it at all. Instead of washing baby in the sink or in their little tub, have dad hop in for some sudsy bonding time.
5. Practice positive discipline. When baby gets a little older, try using redirecting or distracting techniques, as opposed to negative forms of discipline. Instead of "no", try "why don't we do this instead?"
6. Be sensitive to baby's needs. Attachment parents believe that every cry is a form of expression for baby, and it shouldn't go unnoticed. When baby's crying for a reason other than hunger, dad can easily respond with kindness and some cuddles.
Dads, do you practice AP? Ladies, do your partners?
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