Bonding With Your Newborn

Bonding is the intense attachment that develops between a parent and child. Mothers and fathers both bond with their baby. Bonding is a very powerful survival mechanism that motivates parents to protect their vulnerable newborns. Don’t worry if you don’t feel an immediate bond. You may be exhausted and worried about taking care of your newborn. These feelings are normal, especially for first-time moms.

Tips for bonding

  • Provide a warm and loving environment. Helping your baby feel safe and secure is critical to healthy growth and development. When you give your baby a lot of affection, you are telling him he is safe and protected.
  • Woman laying down with babyTalk, sing and read with your child. You could say newborns are hardwired to respond to sounds, which are the building blocks of speech and language. When you talk to your newborn, you are helping create a deep and enduring emotional connection.
  • Establish routines. Feeding and bedtime routines help create a predictable world for your baby. Routines provide a sense of comfortable sameness and stability that babies can trust and rely on. If your child feels that his world is safe, he will be able to put his energy into exploring and learning.

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