There are loads of easy ways to feel close to the new love of your life, and they usually come in one of two ways: you’re the instant gaga for your baby; or you’re a bit numb from labour. Yet the no-turning-back-now realization that you’re finally a mom is going to make you fumble through those early sleepless weeks and months of figuring each other out – but that’s okay.
So... What Is Bonding?
It is the intense attachment you develop with your baby. It’s the feeling that makes you want to shower him/her with love and affection, or throw yourself in front of a speeding truck to protect him.
And yes, ideally, it’s best to get to know each other as soon as possible after birth. “Moms and babies are primed hormonally to need each other at that moment; it’s the basis for survival,” said child education specialists. But it’s normal for bonding to take some time.
How to Master the Mother Baby Bond?
Get to know your bump!
When you’re pregnant, what you do, your diet, your stress level and your health have an instant impact on your baby. Making this a great time to get the ball rolling, on building a strong mother-child connection. Pay close attention to your baby’s kicking and movements, talk to her (say anything!).
Breastfeed your baby!
Do this as much as you can. When your little ones snuggle up against you to nurse, they hear your heartbeat and smell your scent. What’re the benefits?
- Babies reassured by skin-to-skin contact
- Mothers release hormones that promote relaxation as well as feelings of attachment and love
- Best time to shower babies with nourishment and attention (check out their facial expressions!)
Communicate throughout the day!
Treat him/her as your new best friends forever. As a new born, your baby will gaze at faces, especially at the eyes and mouth. They imitate too! Stick out your tongue, and they will do the same. Let him/her to know your face, more importantly, to remember you. Narrate what you’re doing, thinking, and feeling.
Wear your baby!
Carry your baby in a sling or front carrier. It lets you get up close and personal with your little bundle of joy. Feel his/her warmth, smell their sweet scent and look down often to make eye contact. This creates instant bonding.
Sleep near your baby!
To bond all night long, sleep when he/she sleeps. Do not feel guilty for hitting the sack at 7 p.m. A well-rested mommy is a happy mommy, and your baby benefit most from that. This also allows your tiny ones to feel close and safe around you.
It is, however, simply bonding is not enough. Babies, especially new-borns are so vulnerable that need care every inch, every second!
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