Your baby is born with approximately 100 billion brain neurons (that’s about as many stars there are in the Milky Way). These neurons are responsible for the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of your little one!
However, your baby’s brain can’t just develop on its own. As the parent, you have to expose your baby to different forms of human interaction.
These actions help the brain produce chemicals and hormones needed for a newborn’s growth.
Forming a bond with your baby may not always be easy, though. For some parents, this process may take a little longer but that’s normal! Your baby will soon warm up to your touch and presence!
In today’s article, we’d like to share more about what you can do to build a strong bond with your newborn baby.
The importance of mother-child bond bonding
As newborns, a baby’s senses and brain connections which help them understand the world aren’t fully developed yet. This explains why your baby may suddenly cry or get fussy for no apparent reason!
Having a strong bond with your baby is what builds and develops these connections, helping them make sense of what’s happening around them.
Besides helping your baby’s brain development, the early strong ties between a mother and her child become the baby’s first role model for relationships, allowing them to build healthy connections with other people as they grow up.
You may have noticed that your baby tends to stop crying when you’re cuddling and soothing them. That’s because newborns gain a sense of security and confidence through physical contact, and the mother-child bond grows.
Forming a bond with your baby
Breastfeeding is a great opportunity for bonding while nourishing your little one. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone!
While feeding your baby, try to snuggle as close as possible to give them a chance to take in your scent, hear the sound of your heartbeat, and get used to your warm touch.
Since babies can only see a distance of about 20cm to 30cm, breastfeeding is the perfect time to show your face up close and use the sound of your voice to soothe them.
It’s also through breastfeeding that your baby first learns to trust and feel comforted by your touch.
You don’t have to worry even if you can’t physically breastfeed! Great bonding moments can be formed even with a bottle!
As long as you’re holding them gently, making eye contact, and talking softly, your baby is already learning to warm up to your presence.
2. Skin-to-skin contact
Skin-to-skin contact is perhaps the most ideal way mummies can form a bond with their babies. That’s why other mums ask to hold their babies right away after giving birth.
Consistent physical touch helps stabilise your baby’s body temperature, heart rate, and reduce their stress levels as well.
There are different ways to incorporate skin-to-skin contact. It can be done through cuddling, rocking, singing, talking, and even when changing their diapers.
Just like with breastfeeding, physical touch releases “feel good” hormones that give you and your baby a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Newborns particularly love physical contact as it makes them feel safe and secure in your presence.
3. Sleeping close by
In the first few days of postpartum, it’s recommended to have your newborn sleep right next to your bed in a baby cot.
Being next to your baby at night will not only make feeding time easier but will also help curb your nighttime anxieties.
Your presence provides your baby with a sense of comfort and security, helping them sleep better and longer at night.
When planning for your baby’s nursery, try to get your hands on a sturdy and comfortable baby cot and crib ahead of delivery so the transition will be smoother!
4. Interact with your baby
You’ll never run out of ways to interact with your baby because the list never ends!
Many mummies love giving their babies gentle massages because of the positive effects on their mood, helping them deal with postpartum blues.
The best time to massage your baby is after a nap so they’re calm and well-rested. Since their skin is sensitive, make sure to wash your hands clean before touching and rubbing their bodies with baby oil.
Another way to interact with your newborn is through eye contact! Soon enough, you’ll see them imitating your facial expressions and gestures. That’s when you know your baby is already familiar with your presence!
You can also try talking, reading, and singing to them. Your baby won’t understand what you’re saying yet, but you’re helping them get used to the sound of your voice - and find comfort in hearing it!
5. Give them lots of attention and kisses
The simplest way to form a bond with your newborn baby is by giving them your undivided attention and time.
When it comes to bonding with your baby, your presence alone makes a huge impact, so try to stay away from distractions like smartphones and television.
Kiss your little one all over their body, talk to them even if they don’t understand a thing, show them a hundred silly faces, and sing them songs every day. Do all the affectionate actions that you can possibly think of!
Forget about the pile of dishes and laundry because your partner is there to help take care of that and let you spend time with your baby.
Creating memories with your baby
The great thing about forming a bond with your baby is that every small action counts! The simple act of pulling your baby closer while breastfeeding, kissing their toes, or even making silly faces leaves a lasting impression!
You don’t have to go through hoops just to make your baby warm up to your presence! You just have to be there for them!
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