One of the most common concerns new mothers have is how to properly establish a bond with their newborn. Though some parts of the bonding process may come naturally, other parts may not come so easily and are often overlooked. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the best ways to strengthen the bond between you and your child.
The first step to creating a healthy bond between you and your baby can actually be taken before he or she arrives by connecting with your baby bump. Establishing a connection between you and your bump is one of the most crucial ways to initiate a bond. Many women do not know how highly-aware their unborn child is of its external surroundings, but the fetus is able to detect quite a lot of interaction outside of the womb. Initiating a strong connection to your bump will prepare you to have an even stronger bond when the baby arrives.
After the baby is born, it is essential that the mother and baby immediately have skin-to-skin contact. This is also an important step in the bonding process for the father. When the baby comes home, both parents should also make it a priority to consistently respond to the baby’s cries, as it is his or her way of seeking out connection and safety. Furthermore, you can help your baby associate safety/protection with you by holding him closely against your chest or wrapping/swaddling him in a soft blanket.
Another opportunity for bonding between you and your baby comes through breastfeeding. This connection between mother and child is very unique and thus, very strong. However, this may not be the best option for all mothers, depending on what you and your doctor have decided. Other simple but important steps to take in securing a strong bond including regular talking, prolonged eye contact, and singing to/soothing the child with your voice. Using one or a few of these methods will help you ensure you and your infant have a healthy bond.
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