Fatherhood Initiative

Fatherhood Initiative

What should fathers know about the ABCs of safe sleep?

  • Baby should sleep in the same room with their caregiver, but not in the same bed.
  • Baby should sleep alone in a safe sleep environment – keep loose bedding, bumpers, and toys out of the crib as this can increase your baby’s risk of suffocation and entrapment.
  • Baby should always sleep on their BACK.
  • Provide a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards.

Why shouldn't fathers smoke around or near a baby?

  • Smoking affects growth
  • Smoking delays brain development
  • Smoking impairs breathing before and after birth
  • Smoking causes ear infections
  • Smoking causes colds and coughs
  • Smoking causes respiratory problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia  

How and why should fathers have skin-to-skin interaction with a baby?

  • To initiate better bonding with their baby
  • To empower the father to be feel less helpless and more as a primary caregiver
  • Makes father feel less nervous about baby care
  • Helps fathers learn their baby's cues for hunger or stress
  • Helps fathers remain calm and able to deal with postpartum struggles better
  • Helps make their baby feel more calm and able to sleep better
  • Keeps baby warmer, regulates breathing and keeps blood sugar levels higher
  • Helps baby to cry less
  • Helps to detect even a one degree fluctuation in baby's body temperature and adjust accordingly to heat up or cool down the baby

What should fathers know about breastfeeding?

  • Human milk boosts a baby's immune system
  • Human milk contains substances which promote sleep and calmness
  • Breastfed infants are at lower risk for sudden unexplained infant deaths (SUIDs)
  • Breastfeeding reduces a baby's risk of disease later in life
  • Breastfeeding reduces the mother's risk of breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis
  • Breastfeeding saves a family approximately $2,000-$4,000 annually
  • Breastfeeding calms the mother and helps with bonding