Some dads think that their partners are much better at baby-handling skills such as changing nappies, bathing and settling them to sleep, but there are plenty of ways to be involved. Getting hands-on experience is the best way of building your skills and confidence, the key is to get in and give it a go.
Each of you will handle your baby differently, but this has a positive influence on brain development. Differences can result in improved coordination, which can be beneficial in physical development and sporting skills.
Make the time and put away distractions like phones or TV and just hang out, talk and play with your baby or young child. Never underestimate the power of a cuddle or smile and gentle words of affection. Think about parental leave, work schedules and working flexibly.
Sometimes being involved is not just what you do directly with your child but also how you get involved in sharing the load of family life.