the main findings of a study that explored the experience of bonding among men with their first child during the first six months of life are reported. this study was conducted using qualitative methodology within a descriptive-analytical design. data was collected using semi-structured interviews with 14 fathers, which were analyzed using grounded theory. the results were organized around elements of the father's experience of getting to know each other, including: the father's care of the child, the child's confidence in the father, and mutual affection. the relevance of the following emerging intervening factors for a rewarding bonding experience is discussed: (a) identity changes, (b) relationship with the mother, and (c) available time-presence.