Bonding with your baby.
Skin to skin
is an easy way to form an attachment between you and your baby from the get-go. Not only it promotes bonding but it also helps your baby adapt to being in the outside world, boosts baby’s mental development and might help prevent postnatal depression.
For babies, touch is the first method of communication. We often find ourselves stroking or patting a crying baby to calm and soothe them naturally which highlights the importance of touch even more. Baby massage can be a very rewarding experience for both babies and parents as it raises the ‘feel-good’ hormone oxytocin in both you and your baby .
Sleeping in the same room
This is great for bonding. The recommendations are that babies sleep in the same room as the mother, in their own bed. This makes the baby feels safe and gives the mum some peace of mind knowing the baby is within reach.
Responding to baby’s cues:
Babies cry to communicate not to manipulate. Always watch your baby’s cues and listen to her cries and you’ll start to know the difference between nappy change time, feeding time or simply time for a comforting cuddle. Responding to your baby’s cues teaches her that she can rely on you and trust you.
is a great way to have fun together, whilst bonding. Playtime also helps develop a baby’s social, intellectual, language, and problem-solving skills.