How to Bond With Baby
Research shows that connecting with your infant helps make her happier and healthier. Here we share the sweetest ways to bond with your new baby.
Cuddle with your cutie.
Studies show that human touch is an amazing way to show others we care. It’s also the start of communication with your baby, who finds it especially soothing to be held and have skin-to-skin contact with you. Take a seat in a quiet spot and spend some time nuzzling your little one.
Make time for massage.
Another lovely way to bond through touch is by giving baby a relaxing massage. After a bath or right before bed, gently rub baby’s arms, legs, tummy and back. You can do it with or without lotion—either way, he’s sure to love it.
Engage in eye contact.
When feeding baby and holding her, try to make as much eye contact as possible. This is one of your baby’s first ways of bonding and communicating with you. Studies show that maintaining eye contact with your little one makes her feel safe and secure, while also establishing the foundation for social skills needed later in life.
Respond to baby’s needs.
A major part of bonding with baby is making him feel secure with you. Parents can do that by comforting baby when he cries, feeding him when he’s hungry, changing his diapers when needed—you get the idea. Remember, there is no such thing as spoiling or giving too much attention to a newborn.
Read to baby.
It’s never too early to share the love of reading with your child—and even newborns can benefit from it. It’s special one-on-one time with her, and also enables her to hear the soothing sound of your voice. In fact, a recent study found that reading to babies in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) can help parents develop the same feelings of intimacy that parents of healthy newborns cultivate in the days and weeks after a baby’s birth.
Simply seeing your happy face is enough to make baby happy, too. And believe it or not, he is studying your facial expressions and will soon start to mimic them. Seeing your baby smile for the first time will surely leave you grinning from ear to ear.
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