It has been proven that bonding is beneficial for both baby and mother. It seems that snuggling, playing and making goo-goo eyes at your infant are more than just child’s play, they are important facets of healthy development.
Here are a dozen ways to bond with your baby as presented by Parents Magazine
- Breastfeed your baby. Not only is it healthy, but nothing beats the skin-to-skin contact.
- Gaze into your baby’s eyes during bottle time. Eye contact creates a vital link between mother and child.
- Give your little one a massage. The benefits are staggering.
- Put your phone away. Turn your attention to your child. Your friends and family will understand.
- Look into the mirror together. Babies love looking at human faces.
- Listen to his/her heartbeat. The sweet sound you heard on the sonogram can now be heard anytime you wish.
- Respond to your baby’s cries—especially during the first three months. Picking your crying infant up helps build trust.
- Spend a few extra minutes in the glider or rocker. Even after your little one falls asleep, the easy motion will provide a sense of peace and comfort.
- Don’t stress the milestones—babies develop at their own pace.
- Keep a journal. Your baby’s first year will whiz by. Make note of the memories and milestones.
- Set a schedule. Schedules make babies feel more at ease.
- Leave the mess. One-on-one time with baby is more important than a clean house.
When you look at your newborn, touch his or her skin, feed them, and care for your child, you’re bonding. The time you spend with your infant now will pay huge dividends for both of you for years to come.