and more fathers than ever are taking an active role in rearing
their children. However, millions of daddies-to-be feel apprehensive
about the rules of baby engagement.
renowned pediatric therapist Susan Fox has
written Rookie Dad to help busy fathers get comfortable spending quality time
with their baby and make lasting connections in the process. Filled
with safe and simple exercises to enhance early mental and physical
skills, this completely accessible, one-of-a-kind guide combines
important child-rearing advice with fun tips on Father-baby bonding.
demonstrating how to change a newborn's diaper, to tips on how to
handle a 12-month-old's tears, Rookie Dad will help new fathers manage even the most challenging child-rearing
example, a new dad is trying to get his baby to sleep might try
a game of "Flashlight Tag" to help his baby relax. In
addition to lulling baby to sleep, this activity will help to develop
eye-tracking skills, while strengthening the bond between father
activity will help your baby develop eye-tracking skills
- which he'll need later to catch a pass or hit a home run,
while relaxing and soothing him in preparation for sleep.
You'll need a flashlight.
your baby on his side on a sofa, a bed, or your lap, with
a thin quilt or blanket underneath him. Turn off the lights.
on the flashlight and move the beam around the room while
singing or talking quietly to your baby. Move the flashlight
beam slowly, naming your baby's toys and stuffed animals
as you shine the light on them.
Tip: If your baby is over two months old, try using a flashlight
with different colored bulbs.
exercises for newborns to one-year-olds, such as "Take a Swing,"
"Box Score" and "Shake Hands with Dad," this
guide is fully illustrated with over seventy enchanting photographs
of babies and their fathers. It provides top to bottom basic training
that will teach new dads how to help their babies develop the fundamental
skills needed for crawling, sitting, walking and more. Rookie
Dad has everything to make an apprehensive new daddy an MVP!
Fox is a licensed pediatric neurodevelopmental therapist with
over twenty-five years of experience working with children and their
parents. She is the director of the Pediatric Therapy Clinic in
Seattle, WA, and a lecturer at the University of Washington. The
author of Baby Steps, Fox teaches workshops on child development
and trains early childhood educators, therapists, nurses and physicians
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