Preferring One Parent

Q:  “Our baby will let me feed her, bathe her and put her to bed, but not my partner. How can I help them to interact more?”

A:  If you’ve been doing most of the primary care of your baby since giving birth, your partner and baby may just need to spend a little more time together.

It’s important that both parents learn to be confident in their own style of parenting; it’s OK to do it differently. Babies come to enjoy the differences, and get comfortable with both.

Sometimes, too, children just go through phases where they reach out toward one parent more than the other. Give it time, and you may find the tables turned in another month or so.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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