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    12 week old doesn't like his dad

    My 12 week old doesn't like his dad. Each time I handle him over his dad, he would cry.

    I am the main care giver, so I take care of him the whole day. Whenever my hubby get home, I would try to encourage him to play and take care of the baby.... Mostly, my hubby doesn't like doing baby talk. Usually he would play with the baby just for a short while before leaving him to entertain on his own. He likes to carry the baby in vertical position, but the baby doesn't seem to like it very much.

    Anyway, weeks ago, I could handle the baby to my hubby (so I could make dinner, do the dishes, take a shower, etc) when the baby was in good mood, and he could keep the baby on his lap watching TV or looking the ceiling for a while before the baby gets tired and starts crying. When the baby cries, he could sometime calm him down (temporally) by rocking him, or walking him... But lately, the baby is starting to cry as soon as I handle him to my hubby. My hubby would try to rock him, to walk him, and that wouldn't work... but as soon as my hubby handles the baby back to me, he would stop crying. My hubby is quite frustrated and disappointed by the behavior of the baby.... Is it normal for a baby to have preference at this early age? I thought it was still early for the baby to recognize people...

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    hubby isn't trying very hard with baby. lots of men are afraid of making a fool of themselves with their babies, so don't "do" anything. baby is getting bored. hubby needs to try a little harder. what would he do if you went out and left the baby with him?

    baby doesn't know him very well, daddy's at work all day and when he comes home is only willing to entertain baby for a few minutes, he's not being given the opportunity to get to know daddy. how can daddy expect the baby to know and enjoy him, when all he's doing is....watching tv, saying "hi", and then leaving the baby on his own???

    babies can recognise parents pretty much from birth. BUT if hubby wants to get to know his baby (this time goes so quickly and he'll NEVER get it back) he better get off his butt and TRY.

    it might be good for the two of them if you went OUT and left them to it for a couple of hours every few days...just so that they are forced to entertain each other...

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    Yes, I think daddy is not trying hard enough, but sometime I also feel guilty. Usually the baby is fussier and harder to handle at night time, so in some way, I get to take care of the baby when he is in his best mood, while my hubby get the worse part. But probably would be a good idea to go out and leave them alone to get used to each other for few hours during the weekend....I never did cause I just didn't trust my hubby enough to let them alone... Once I put the baby on our bed and told my hubby to take care of him so I could take a shower. I came out of the shower to find the baby crying with milk spitted all over, and my hubby asleep (hubby later apologized saying that he was just tired, that he tried to calm down the baby but didn't work, so he let him crying to see if he would calm on his own, but then fall asleep).

    Probably sometime I take back the baby from my hubby too soon... but it is hard to hear all the crying and do nothing.... and I am afraid that the baby would end up spitting and vomiting after all the crying, or that he would loss confidence on his care givers.

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    Why don't you start off by the three of you playing together. That way you will be there too and your baby will be happy and your husband will get some time to interact with the baby. I think the key is really for your husband to interact and play with your baby more. If you don't trust your husband to be with your baby alone, then just do stuff together!

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    your hubby sounds like he needs to realise he has a baby now. life is not all about him and his needs... the needs of the baby now take priority.

    he needs to figure out a what to interact with the baby without your input, without your being there to "save the day". he has no incentive to figure it out right now, because you are ready and willing to take over the minute he says, "i don't know what to do...."

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    perhaps you could have daddy be there when you feed / bathe / play with the baby so it is a "family" thing and not just a mommy and baby thing....slowly (with some hard work from daddy) there should be some games / gestures that only daddy does to make baby smile and laugh. if you are not exclusively BFing then daddy should feed baby his bottle - my hubby does that (even though he's not very good at it! :) but at least he's trying! if the baby is hungry he'll eat - no matter who's feeding and it's good for baby to get to know daddy's smell!

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    And even if you are exclusively BFing, if you are happy to express a feed a day you can get daddy to still give one feed.
    I always tried (I was never very good at expressing) to express enough milk for daddy to give the 10pm feed so he could spend some quality time with our daughter, with the added bonus that it gave me an evening off!

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    yup would agree with Nic! practice makes perfect (near perfect at least when you're dealing with feeding a baby :) it's a win win win situation - dad gets to bond, you gt a break, baby gets to spend time with dad!

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