Bonding with your baby is an important step in the parent-child relationship. Many newborns are ready to bond shortly after birth. This emotional attachment allows your baby to have healthy mental development and feel a sense of security early on in life. There are many ways to bond with your newborn, here are a few:
Swaddling is the technique of snugly wrapping your baby in a blanket. This keeps your baby warm and secure. After time in the womb, newborns are accustomed to comfortable confinement and swaddling provides a sense of familiarity. The Moro Reflex, which causes a newborn to feel like they’re falling, is also prevented by swaddling.
Singing and humming to your baby has two great benefits. The first, your baby grows accustomed to the sound of your comforting voice. The second is that many babies are highly attentive to the sound of singing, which activates the brain and develops the mind. Singing can even have a positive impact while the baby is in the womb.
Making eye contact with your newborn is a great way to bond. Your infant will focus on the eyes and mouth more than any other part of the face. This is the first thing your baby will begin to remember. The consistent presence of their parent’s face will strengthen the bond between parent and infant. This is also one of the first opportunities for your baby to take in and retain visual information. This will be the first step your baby takes towards visual analyzation which is a building block for reading and writing.
Infants need physical touch to develop their sensory awareness and emotional development. Touching, caressing and massaging your newborn are all great ways to bond with your baby. Physical touch also promotes sleep and reduces stress both for the parent and newborn.
Having your baby in a sling or front pack will strengthen the bond between the two of you. This closeness lets your baby get familiar with your smell, voice and movements as you spend time together. As a parent, you will be able to notice cues from your baby quicker with your baby on your chest. Over time, your infant will get comfortable with their routine and learn when it’s time to sleep, play and eat.
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