5 Natural Ways to Bond with Your Baby

5 Natural Ways to Bond with Your Baby
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Now that you have brought your new baby home it is normal to still feel somewhat detached.  This is a crucial time to start bonding with your little one.  Bonding is especially important for babies as it gives them a sense of security and allows them to develop better mentally and physically.  They don’t have to focus on their worries so much because they are confident that you will care for them.

Bonding with you can be easy for your baby but it may be harder for you as a parent to bond with this new little “stranger” in your life.  It is completely normal to feel complete attachment immediately, within days or even much longer than that.  For parents whose babies have had to be kept in the NICU or who’ve been adopted it may take even longer to bond.  Do not feel guilty about it!  Bonding is a process and there is no ETA! Many parents find that Bonding is a result of just plain old everyday care. 

Here are some of the best ways to bond with your infant.

1)  Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo care is something NICU parents may be most familiar with.  It involves skin-to-skin holding of the baby.  This allows the baby to absorb your body heat and can simulate the sounds and feelings of the womb.  It is very calming for your little one as they can hear your heartbeat.   

For parents Kangaroo care stimulates bonding and promotes attachment.  It can also increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers.

For preterm babies it can help them stabilize body heat regulation, heart-rate and respiratory rate.   Studies also show that preemies may show decreased stress levels, reduced pain response, increased cognitive development etc…  Imagine the benefits for full term infants!

Kangaroo care is truly Magic. 

 
2)  Breastfeeding

Feeding your baby at all will definitely promote bonding, however, breastfeeding provides a greater bonding opportunity.  Did you know that the distance a newborn can see clearly is exactly the distance to your face when they are breastfeeding?  This means while you are watching her nurse, you are also most likely the only thing she can truly see.  How amazing is that!

Bottle feeding however also gives Daddy the chance to get in on some of babies care.  A perfect opportunity for him to get the chance to bond as well.

No matter how you are nourishing your infant, formula or breastfed,  this is a great opportunity to just enjoy each others company and get to know one another.

3)  Baby-Wearing

Ok, I will admit it, before I was a mom, I thought baby-wearing was some kind of hippy thing.  I didn’t get it.  Investing in a great carrier though, not only allows for more time in your day to get things done as baby stays calm and with you but it is also a great bonding opportunity.  The closeness of baby-wearing is amazing.  This also allows the baby to see from a parents eye view which may help the baby become more in-tune with its environment and the people you come in contact with on a daily basis.

4)  Co-Sleeping

It is recommended as part of SIDs prevention to have baby sleep in the same room as its mother but on a separate sleeping surface until 6 months of age.  A bedside bassinet or cradle can keep your new baby close and allow you to respond quicker should the need arise which increases your babies confidence in you.  This also allows you to experience all the little sounds baby makes while asleep.  

5)  Communication

Babies cry to communicate, it is the only way they know to express themselves.  Learning to decipher your babies needs and responding to them, as I said previously, teaches him to trust you.  The feeling of accomplishment at solving all his needs will help to create an attachment.   Remember that babies cannot and do not try to manipulate or act “cheeky”.  If they are crying it is because they have a need. 

Remember that the bond between you will form naturally, these are just some tips to help you along naturally.

 

13 thoughts on “5 Natural Ways to Bond with Your Baby

  1. Fabulous post šŸ™‚ Our daughter was born 3 months premature and was in the NICU for 70 days. I wasn’t able to hold her or nurse her until she was 2 weeks old. I was so worried about the bonding since most moms get to hold their babies right after they’re born. Kangaroo care and nursing/breastfeeding certainly worked wonders for us šŸ™‚

  2. Great post! We didn’t do kangaroo care very often, but I breastfed both our daughters, carried them in a wrap or Ergo, and co-slept with them (and before I had kids, I said I’d never co-sleep!). I think you do adjust your expectations or ideas as you become a parent and that’s a good thing… your child will teach you what they need! šŸ™‚

  3. Now I miss having babies. lol! My oldest daughter was born before we knew the term kangaroo care – but I know that is what I used to do with her. She would settle right down when I placed her skin to skin. Also, I had a bassinet beside the bed for all three of my babies.

  4. Great post! I honestly miss the time when my son was still a baby. It seems so long ago, yet he’s only 7 years old. So self sufficient and I couldn’t cuddle as much anymore.

  5. I have always been a big fan of babywearing. Nothing like having your little one so close to you! Thanks for the great post

  6. Yep, this is great! And everything listed above, other than breastfeeding, are great ways for dad to bond with baby as well as mom. Our babies loved kangaroo-ing with dad

  7. These are great reminders. I don’t really know what to expect from the bonding process with my first, who’s expected in a few weeks. I’m trying to educate myself as much as possible now because chances are I will feel overwhelmed once baby arrives. Thanks for these pointers. Great for dads, too.

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