Bonding with your baby
You will already have been bonding with your baby before they’re born - when they arrive you can bond with them in different ways. This is a time when everyone involved in the baby’s life can start to build a relationship with the baby too. If you’re not sure how to build that bond and begin a relationship with a new baby - here are a few ideas:
One of the best ways to bond with your baby is to enjoy plenty of skin-to-skin contact. This offers a baby comfort and security, so snuggle up close and enjoy the experience!
A smile signals to a baby that everything is okay. Smiling is great for you too, it’ll help to flood your brain with powerful ‘feel good’ hormones that make you feel happy and help to relieve stress. In no time at all (around 6-12 weeks) your baby will be smiling back!
Those first few weeks can be both wonderful and daunting. Talking about how you are feeling can really help – and your baby is a perfect listener. Keeping your tone calm and gentle, talk to your baby about your thoughts and feelings. They’ve been listening to you for a long time already, so they’ll love hearing your voice. A little gurgle or a smile from them may be all the reassurance that you need.
Speak in a funny voice, pull a silly face, play a game of peek-a-boo, whatever it takes to make your baby giggle – just go for it! When you hear your baby chortle, you will want to carry on and make them giggle even more.
Hearing you sing will comfort a baby - you may not have the best voice in the world, but your baby won’t care, so go for it, sing it LOUD!
Dancing while your baby watches you is a great way to relieve stress and bring you closer together. Once your baby gets a little older, you can bob and sway together -so release those feel good hormones and have a workout too!