Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Bonding is the process by which parents form a close personal relationship with their newborn baby. The strong ties that parents develop with their baby provide them with an intimate relationships and a sense of security and positive well being.
Bonding is so essential for parents and their newborn babies. Some parents feel an intense attachment within the first minutes or days after their baby's birth. For other parents it may take a little longer especially if the baby is adopted or has been placed in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Bonding with your baby is probably one of the most pleasurable aspects of infant care and it takes time. It’s not something that takes place within minutes or something that has to be limited to happening within a certain time period after birth. For many parents, the bonding experience occurs in the everyday care you give to your little one. You may not even know it's happening until you observe your baby's first smile and suddenly realize that you're filled with love and joy.
6 Ways to bond with your baby:
A baby's first communication is through touch. Holding your baby close and rocking cradle them in your arms creates a gentle closeness between parents and baby.
Babies that are breastfed receive bonding on a regular basis with their mother, therefore helping an early bond to develop.
massaging your baby not only creates a bond by touch, it also stimulates the baby’s physical, intellectual and emotional well being.
Talking to your baby in soft and soothing voices gives your baby the security and peace that you are paying close attention to them. Take the opportunity to talk to your baby during bathing times or while you’re just sitting around with baby. Enjoy the time you spend together by telling them how much you love them.
Singing a soft lullaby or song is such a soothing and peaceful experience for babies. The sound of your voice will relax and give your baby the assurance that they are safe and loved.
Reading is another way to bond with your baby and at the same time you are helping to strengthen your babies' cognitive skills. Try reading to baby and putting their name in the book instead of the character. This gives your baby a connection with their name and the story.
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