Bonding with your Baby : Latest Tips for New Parents

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Are you Bonding with your Baby?

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Don’t forget that you have just gone through the most intense emotional and physical transition in your life. For some people it takes more time than others to develop the feelings of attachment that is imminent. Doctors and researchers are still learning about the short and long term effects of bonding.

Your baby’s first understanding of intimate connections stem from the early relationship between parent and child, and help to promote a positive sense of self-esteem. How a parent responds to an infant’s signals can impact their social and cognitive development later on.

Bonding with your baby can sometimes be a slow or gradual process.

Typically, an infant is ready to bond instantly, but his parents may not always be ready for it. Sometimes it takes a bit longer for a parent, especially if the baby was adopted or had been in intensive care.

Bonding with your baby is not something that happens by default within minutes or even days. It is a process. For many parents, it just happens without you realizing it. It naturally comes from your everyday caregiving, and the first time your baby smiles, you are suddenly filled with happiness and love.

Raging Hormones

It can be a paradox. Nursing your baby – on one hand – can be an excellent way to promote bonding with your baby, but it can also release the flood of raging hormones for the mom, which can also lead to postpartum depression. In this case, bonding with your baby could be delayed.

Difficult Delivery

Often, when mom is still in pain from a difficult delivery, she may unconsciously delay the natural bonding process.

NICU

If your baby spends some time in intensive care, don’t be put off by the equipment. It is still essential that you do your best to bond with your baby. The nurses there can help encourage you to handle and hold your baby through the openings in the isolettes, as well as watching and talking to your baby. Eventually, she will learn to recognize you and can respond to both your touch and the sound of your voice.

Here are some other steps you can follow to help kick start your natural instincts:

Baby Wearing. Wearing your infant in a carrier when you go out is a great way to help with bonding, and it also helps to relax him if he gets fussy.

Breastfeeding. There’s not many other activities that can compete with breastfeeding to establish to provide a feeling of closeness. Nurse as much as possible. Keeping your baby close while giving him nourishment is a powerful way to establish bonding and intimacy.

Touch. Perhaps your baby’s first language is touch. They respond to skin contact, and it naturally helps bring both of you together and is soothing and relaxing. This is a good alternative to breastfeeding if you are unable, or if it dad who is feeding.

Eye Contact. Babies can follow moving objects, and they also try and imitate your facial expressions. Eye contact is one of the best methods to express intimacy and babies can feel that.

Talk to your Baby. Babies are attracted to the human voice, and they try to vocalize themselves in an early attempt at communication. If you talk to your baby, he will try to listen and if you describe what you are doing, even though his response may not show it, he is processing what you say.

Bonding with Daddy

Men will often take longer to bond with the baby, mostly because they didn’t have the early advantage of breastfeeding and the natural intimacy between a mother and infant. Often this can be frustrating for fathers when they yearn for closer contact with their baby, but they should realize that their role is not the same as mom’s. They will share different activities that are just as important, and when both mom and dad can support each other positively, then they both benefit, and the baby also learns to understand the importance of the different roles.

Bonding activities that both mom and dad can share:

• feeding from either breast or bottle
• diaper change
• taking a bath with your baby
• imitating the baby’s first attempts at communication; vocalizations, cooing, etc.
• reading to your baby
• singing to your baby
• letting your baby feel the contours of your face

Bottom line is don’t worry if the attachment doesn’t take place as quickly as you’d like. It will all happen in due time, and if you take the steps listed above, it will help to facilitate quicker a natural sense of bonding with your baby.

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