The best ways to bond with your baby
It's no secret that bonding with your baby is one of the most important things you can do for your child. And as a mom, you're probably already well aware of the importance of bonding. But what does "bonding" really mean?
In case you've never heard the term before, "bonding" is how we describe the process of forming an emotional attachment between two people, in this case, between you and your baby. The way we bond with our children can have lasting effects on their development, and it's important to remember that there are many different ways to bond: not just through touch but also through play, conversation, reading aloud together, singing songs… the list goes on.
So how do we make sure we're doing everything possible to bond with our little ones? What are some different ways we can go about doing this? And how do we know whether or not we're doing it right? You've probably heard all sorts of differing opinions on these questions from other parents or even from doctors or other experts in the field.
Well, there are lots of simple ways to connect with your baby on an emotional level and begin building a strong parent-child relationship , even if it's only been 24 hours since birth.
Looking into baby's eyes
Looking into your baby's eyes is one of the most effective ways to bond with them.
There's something about gazing into the soft, black-hole depths of your infant's pupils that makes you feel like you're connecting with a new person, a person who is full of potential and promise, but also has a deep well of love inside them that they are just beginning to explore.
In fact, there's more than one study showing how important it is for parents to make eye contact with their newborns in order to form a strong bond between them. One study found that children whose parents spent more time looking at them when they were infants had higher IQ scores as toddlers (and even as adults). Another study found that babies whose mothers made eye contact with them during feeding sessions were less likely to develop colic problems later in life.
If you're looking for ways to connect with your baby, and who isn't?, then look into their eyes.
It's no secret that human babies love to be held and cuddled, their parents do, too. But did you know that skin-to-skin contact has been shown to help newborns regulate their body temperature and heart rate, as well as help with bonding?
The benefits of skin-to-skin contact include:
- Encouraging breastfeeding
- Keeping both you and your baby calm
- Helping you develop a strong bond with your baby
Skin-to-skin contact is a way of holding your baby that mimics the womb experience: your baby is right against your chest, which helps them feel safe and secure. It also means that they can hear your heartbeat, which they've spent nine months hearing before being born.
If this sounds like something you want to try, there are some important things to keep in mind:
Make sure both of you are comfortable. This can be done lying down or sitting up; either way, make sure your baby isn't overheating by dressing them appropriately for the temperature. (Also make sure their diapers are clean and dry.)
Don't worry about doing it "right", that's one of the best things about skin-to-skin contact. Babies don't care if they're not facing exactly up or down, they just want to be close to you.
If you're looking for a way to bond with your newborn baby, then newborn massage is for you.
Newborn massage is a technique that uses gentle movements to help your baby relax and feel safe. It can also help stimulate the growth of their brains and bodies by helping them release endorphins, which are hormones that make us feel happy.
It's important to note that newborns need to be held securely during this type of massage because they cannot yet hold up their head.
Here's how newborn massage can help:
- It helps your baby develop healthy sleep patterns. When you hold and cuddle a newborn, it releases endorphins that make them feel good and want to go back for more. This means they're more likely to get a full night's rest instead of waking up every hour or two.
- It gives them a sense of security and safety as they explore the world around them for the first time, and it gives YOU a sense of security knowing that your little one is being cared for.
- It helps them learn how to interact socially with other people (including YOU.). In fact, some studies suggest that babies who receive massages are more likely than non-massaged babies to seek out a human touch later in life.
Massage is a great way to bond with your baby, and it can also help with colic, reflux, and flathead syndrome. You'll want to start early in your baby's life by massaging their legs, arms, and tummy. As they get older, you can massage their backs and necks.
How do you do it?
First, place warm clothes on the baby's skin so that the oils from the lotion or cream are absorbed into his/her pores.
Then gently rub oil onto the skin in small circles or spirals until it's fully absorbed into his/her delicate skin (you want to avoid getting any of this stuff on clothes).
With each stroke of your hands over his/her body give thanks to this special child who has been entrusted into your care.
Infant and child yoga is a great way to bond with your baby, particularly as he or she gets older and can respond more positively to the practice.
Benefits of infant yoga include:
- Increased mobility in your baby's hips and spine
- Improved posture for both you and your child
- Better sleep for both of you (no joke.)
Here are some tips for getting started:
Make sure you have a safe space for practicing yoga with your baby. You can either do this at home or at the park if you're lucky enough to live somewhere with lots of greenery.
If not, you can make your own safe space indoors by finding a spot that's free from hazards (such as sharp corners) and away from direct sunlight or heat sources (like radiators). The ideal temperature range for infant yoga is between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be sure that anything else in the room is safe for your baby as well, this includes sofas and chairs with no sharp edges or corners on them. If there are any hazards nearby, move them out of reach.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you freedom of movement without being too loose-fitting so that nothing gets caught on anything else while performing poses together with your child's body held securely within yours (which will happen many times over).
Choose an appropriate music track that will be soothing and calming to both you and your child.
Set aside some time each day to practice yoga with your baby, perhaps after their morning nap or right before bedtime so that they get used to feeling relaxed and calm as well as alert for learning something new.
Letting your baby sleep in your bed
Letting your baby sleep in bed with you is a good way to bond with your little one, but it's not for everyone. Some parents are worried that they'll roll over and hurt their infant while they're sleeping, or if the baby is breastfed, the mother may worry that having her child nearby will interfere with milk production. Don't let these concerns prevent you from sleeping with your baby.
Having a baby lounger nest like our Smiling Gaia Baby Lounger Nest can help with this. It gives your baby a place where they can feel secure and relaxed all on their own, and it makes it easy for you to get some rest as well.
It also helps them learn how to sleep on their own by giving them a place where they feel comfortable enough to fall asleep without needing constant reassurance from other people (like yourself).
This means that when nighttime rolls around, they'll be more likely to go right back into their places and stay there until morning comes around again.
Here are some ways co-sleeping can help:
- If breastfeeding isn't going well (it takes time), having the baby close by might help; he or she won't feel as hungry at night if he or she knows Mommy is nearby.
- It can help keep him or her warm during cold weather months and helps them find their way back into the crib when it's time for naps or nighttime sleep.
Baby talk is the easiest way to bond with your baby. You can use words that your baby can understand, but it's probably best to stick with a sing-song voice, as opposed to talking normally.
It's also important not to use too many big words or complicated sentences because babies don't understand them yet.
Here are some examples of baby talk:
- "You're such an adorable little thing. I love you so much."
- "I'm gonna give you another hug now."
- "You're so cute, I could just eat you up."
- "What a beautiful smile. It lights up my whole day."
Baby talk is also a great way to show your baby that you love them. It's important to keep in mind that babies don't understand anything more complicated than this type of language until they're about 12 months old.
Reading to your baby
Reading to your baby is an excellent way to bond with them. It can be a great way to introduce new words, but it can also help you get more sleep.
Reading to your baby will help them learn how to read and will help them develop their imagination. It is also a way for you to spend quality time with your child.
Here are some tips on how to make reading fun for both of you:
- Make sure it's not too loud or too quiet. If it's too loud, your baby might get scared or cranky when they hear the noise; if it's too quiet, your baby might fall asleep and not understand what's being read aloud.
- Pick out books that have bright colors and interesting stories so that they're more likely to stay awake while listening.
There are so many ways to bond with your baby. Hopefully, this article has helped you discover some new ways to connect with your child, and maybe even get some ideas for the next time you’re looking to have a good time.
We know there are so many different types of people with unique personalities and interests, which is why we wanted to share with our readers some of our favorite activities.
With all these options available (and more), we wish everyone luck as they embark on their journey toward becoming excellent parents.