Both moms and dads can soothe the baby to sleep, the problem is, with heterosexual couples, that the mother is the one that typically soothes the baby back to sleep. This is because the mother tends to breast feed so she is up with the baby anyway, and the baby is used to the mothers scent. Baby is used to hearing dads voice too, and it’s important to have dad put them to bed as well that way you aren’t starting a pattern where the baby will only go to sleep with mom.
- Even in two-parent homes, the mother is the one who usually does more of the childcare.
- While breastfeeding mothers have babies who know their smell, the babies also know the sound of their father’s voice.
- Making sure early on that both parents share getting the baby to sleep will set up good habits later.
“Often, with mums caring for their baby at home and dads going to out-of-home work, the lopsided division of labour starts early on.”