Connecting With Your Child
Within just a few short minutes of cuddling with your newborn, you will become everything to that tiny person in your arms. More than anything in the world, babies love their mommy…her touch, her scent, the sound of her voice (which the baby will already know well, she’s been listening to it for weeks now). You are her hero. Many new mothers feel that same attachment from the moment they look into their newborn’s curious gaze. For some it takes a little time to feel a real connection, especially for brand new mommies who might not have much experience with babies. Right after having a baby, your hormones are going crazy, your body is traumatized, and you’re likely exhausted…there’s no reason to worry if you don’t fall head over heels at first sight. You’re not alone if you need a little bonding time with your baby before you feel truly connected.
There are plenty of things you can do to strengthen the bond between you and your baby, you’ll be staring gaga into her eyes in no time! One of the most important things you can give a baby is affection, and there is nothing better to strengthen the ties between you than cuddling. Let your baby snuggle up to your bare skin so she can enjoy your warmth and familiar scent. Even if you’re not breastfeeding, the skin against bare skin contact is important. That warm, soft bundle of baby is comforting and soothing for you, too. Even when you’re exhausted, you can cuddle up in bed with your baby and watch some TV or read.
Another way to feel close you your baby is by talking to her. Tell her about yourself, about your hopes and dreams for her, about her crazy aunts and uncles, anything. Babies can hear your voice for months before they’re even born, and it is soothing to them to hear something familiar. It helps you to feel connected to the baby as well, if you share your thoughts with her even if she doesn’t quite understand the words yet. Before long, she’ll be chattering right back to you in her own little language!
You can make any little activity a bonding experience, just by sharing it with your newborn. Rather than leaving the baby in front of the TV while you go about your chores, set up her swing in the kitchen while you cook, or nearby while you fold clothes and clean up a room. Chatting with her, and letting her watch you work is soothing for both of you and can keep the baby from getting bored and fussy.
Sometimes a new mommy isn’t in the mood to chat, especially with someone who can’t chat back, yet. If you’re not feeling up for talking, try putting on some familiar music and singing along while you do your chores. Your baby will love this as much as chatting, and it’s a stress-reliever for you, too! You can sing right along with your favorite songs while you feed and bathe your baby, cook dinner, or work on a craft or hobby.
Whether the bond is an instant one, or takes some time to get stronger, there is nothing in the world that compares to the connection between a mother and a child. You can turn anything into a bonding experience, just by allowing your baby to be a part of it in some small way.
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