My baby always cried when his dad holds him. My partner works full time so he finishes at 6pm and he will make dinner and stuff but when I leave him with our son, our son won't stop crying until he is held by me. He is four months old now. I'm struggling with it and my partner's confidence goes down evrey time.
Babies are sensitive to everything, especially smells. Has your partner changed his deodorant or aftershave? Or maybe he smells different when he comes home from work.
My son is five months old and he’s started to cry when he’s held by different people. But he gets used to them and then he’s fine again.
My girl was the same! My partner works stupid hours where he sometimes doesn't get home until past 9pm so she wouldn't see him till the following day. Whenever he used to hold her she would look at me (still does but not as long now) and start to cry.
She's now six months and is better with him but still has moments where she will whine.
I found that after he he had two weeks off, when she saw more of him continously, she has been better. It is hard but when they only see us mums it's normal for them to seek us all the time. It's so tiring! I'm sure he will get there with daddy.
I think this can certainly change. Dad needs to persevere and really see it through. He needs to do bottle feeds consistently when he is back. You can also leave a t-shirt that belongs to dad with baby during the day so baby becomes more familiar with him (like you would do if you would leave the house for work).