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Fathers – settling a baby

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Crying is the main way babies have of letting us know when they need help, but it is not always easy to work out why a baby is crying.

Babies often cry a lot in the early weeks and some babies cry a lot more than others. Crying is the main way babies have of letting us know when they need help, but it is not always easy to work out why a baby is crying.

It is tough for fathers when your baby cries a lot, or does not sleep well or seems unhappy when you try to comfort them.

  • There is another topic with more information Crying baby.

Young babies are usually happy to go to different people, not only the person who looks after them most. But by the time they are around 5 to 6 months old they may cling to one person and become unhappy when held by someone else, even if the person is someone they know really well, such as their father. They may refuse to be settled to sleep by anyone other than their mother.

  • This is a stage that babies go through, not a sign that your baby doesn't like you, but it is really hard not to feel rejected by your baby. The topic Separation anxiety has a lot more about the behaviour

For support

  • Parent Help Line (for fathers as well as mothers!) 1300 364 100, available 7 days a week. Information and support on health, behaviour, development and parenting for parents and carers of 0–12 year olds
  • Raising Children Network - articles for fathers 
    https://raisingchildren.net.au/grown-ups/fathers  
  • Mensline 1300 78 99 78, 24 hrs , 7 days.  Mensline Australia is a dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns.
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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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