#daddyskill #2, Burping

#​d​addyskill​ #2 Burping: burping the baby after a feeding is a great time to practice your hand drumming. #​k​eepittight​

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This seems goofy, but honestly there is a point aside from being silly and bettering your sense of rhythm. Certain cultures and ethnicities are stereotyped as producing people with rhythm. It’s my opinion that the race of an individual doesn’t determine whether or not they will be musical or have a natural sense of rhythm. Rather, it is the rhythm inherent in the culture they grow up in that influences this. Marcus Miller, the jazz bassist, has some great thoughts about this in his FAQ on his website (www.marcusmiller.com), check it out.

So burping in rhythm is my tiny little first step towards giving my daughter the gift of rhythm (as best I can).

Here are four songs with distinctive drum part to test your mad skills, and have all the other parents look at you like you are crazy.

1. YYZ by Rush

2. Palm Grease by Herbie Hancock

3. Unluck by James Blake

4. I’m gonna fight by William Stonewall Monroe

That last one may be a little self serving, but it does have a great straight burp able rhythm throughout.

What songs would you add to the list?

William Stonewall Monroe

#daddyskill #1 Swaddling

#daddyskill #1 Swaddling: swaddling works great for keeping baby comfy or swaddling your lunch wrap in a paper towel #keepittogether

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Swaddling is great. Remember being a kid. Remember your parents tucking you in. Being wrapped up tight is simply a wonderful feeling, particularly for babies. I admit, I really didn’t understand how helpful swaddling could be for newborns. After Li’l Miss Thang was born, however, it became clear.

Swaddling keeps her warm. Not all babies kick and wiggle a bunch, but Li’l Miss Thang does. As such, she would lose her blanket fast, get cold, and wake up, were it not for being swaddled.

Swaddling keeps her safe. To prevent suffocation, you really don’t want anything in the crib with the baby. Swaddling keeps her from moving around too much and makes it so you don’t need to have other blankets in there with her.

Babies don’t know what to do with their hands. It is not uncommon for babies to alarm themselves by bonking themselves in the head or scratching their face. (Sidebar: you can get baby boxing gloves to prevent the face scratching)

I love food, so… it wasn’t too long before the culinary benefits of swaddling became evident

1. Swaddling techniques work just as well for wrapping up burritos as they do for babies.

2. Swaddling is great for using a paper towel to hold together lunch wraps and sandwiches.

3. Swaddling a 2-liter bottle of coke with a towel can help keep it cold for a picnic.

4. Swaddling your laptop in a light blankie is a decent substitute for a laptop case.

To be honest though, there are lots of things swaddling doesn’t work for…

1. Swaddling your dog will just drive her crazy.

2. Swaddling the fussy fast food cashier will not make them less fussy.

3. Swaddling your phone will just get you weird looks, but I suppose it could work…

What do you think you could use swaddling for (aside from babies)?

William Stonewall Monroe

#daddyskill #5, Lullabies

Sing that baby to sleep. If you don’t know any songs, make them up. If you only know the collected works of Soundgarden, Spoonman or Black Hole Sun will work just fine.

Here is a lullaby that I made up for our sweet little girl.

I’m gonna love you in the morning, sweet baby child
I’m gonna love you in the noontime, sweet baby child
I’m gonna love you in the evening, sweet baby child
I’m gonna love you, all your life

I’m gonna hold you in the morning, sweet baby child
I’m gonna hold you in the noontime, sweet baby child
I’m gonna hold you in the evening, sweet baby child
I’m gonna hold you, darlin’, all your life.

William Stonewall Monroe