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When dd was younger (she's 1 now), dh would dance with her in his arms. After she fell asleep, he'd lay down in bed with her sleeping on his chest. I think this was the single best thing for their bonding. He also took her out for frequent walks, especially in the evening. He wore her in the sling when she was 0 to 5 months, and then in the bjorn after that. She was very much a mama's girl at around 4 months and would often have complete melt-downs when dh took her out for walks. So he learned to stay close by, and eventually she got more comfortable, and he learned how to read her cues better. Now they can go out for a couple hours and she's totally happy.
My advice to your friend would be to give her dh and dc the space to get to know one another, try out different soothing techniques, etc. This might mean only 5 minutes at a time to start, but eventually she might go out for a half hour and let them do their thing. Also, try to let them spend time together when dc is at his/her best, rather than during fussy times.
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