Studies show that fathers who are at their baby’s birth, and hold their little one shortly afterwards, have very similar feelings as mothers do. Most research suggests that even talking to your partner’s bump before your little one arrives, means you will have a closer bond, and your new baby is supposed to be able to recognise your voice.
While the mother’s role is likely to involve more talking and quiet interaction, the father’s role tends to involve more play. Dads are the fun parent, the one who does the piggy-backs and raspberries. It also means that you’ll probably be the lucky one who sees your baby laugh for the first time.
Maybe it’s because we're shallow and easily pleased, but the emotion of making your child laugh is one of the most incredible you will experience. Try nodding your head, sucking your thumb, or blowing raspberries on your child's belly. Revealing your head from under a sheet, towel or jumper will, for some reason, have your child in fits of laughter for hours.