All babies want and need love, and having a strong bond with your baby is very important for his or her development. You and your baby might bond within a couple of minutes, days, or even weeks. It might take longer if the child required intensive care right after birth. You’ll also need a lot of patience and preparation to be able to express love to your baby.
Bonding happens when both of you start feeling a strong attachment to one another, and the best way to encourage this is to find ideal ways to show affection to your baby that works for both of you. Here are some ways you can try.
1. Hold Your Baby Right After Birth
There’s a euphoric feeling of relief you get right after you’ve given birth to your baby, and the baby will feel this sense of relief too. Skin-to-skin contact will help both of you recover from all the trauma both of you have survived.
Your baby is the most alert during this time, which gives you the chance to seal an emotional and physical bond that will sustain a long-lasting relationship.
2. Create a Happy Environment
Your baby has that need to feel both accepted and wanted. They also want to sense that there’s a dependable, regular quality to the environment they now exist in. Make the home a comfortable and happy place where the baby can feel wanted.
3. Encourage a Sense of Trust
When babies are born they enter the world very frightened. Unfamiliar with space light, and noise, they come out of your womb and are unceremoniously plopped, screaming, fidgeting, and fighting, into their mum’s arms.
Over time, they learn to trust the mother because a loving mother is trustworthy. 7 Things Parents Are Recommended To Teach Their Children
Yes “getting to know” your baby starts during pregnancy. However, giving birth itself is an irreversible and abrupt plunge into parenthood. The real bonding starts after you’ve given birth, and will often take your whole life to complete. You get the sharpest and strongest connection immediately after you’ve given birth.
Holding your baby reassures you that you can overcome all of the parenting obstacles and helps compensate for that physical emptiness you feel after the baby has left your womb.
5. Share Your Baby
It is understandable how new mothers will want to protect their babies with the viciousness and ruthlessness of a lioness. During this time, they’re also very selective when it comes to who can hold the child.
Sharing the baby with your partner or husband will expose him/her to different kinds of affection and love. This will teach the baby when to reject or accept the advances of strangers later in their life.
6. Adaptive Parenting
Parenthood is like being transported into a new world and that new world is different with each child. Adapting parenting skills doesn’t mean spoiling your baby and doing everything the baby wants. However, it means understanding why the child digs its heels in when they’re being stubborn. The Four Parenting Styles
7. Absorb the Baby’s Distress
It is understandable for you to get a bit worried and distraught when your baby cries. Experienced mothers and fathers learn how to be patient with their babies because they know how to absorb their child’s distress.
You can do this by using rhythmic movements, making comforting noises, and understanding positive body language. It takes perseverance, patience, and practice if you want to get things right. Focus on what the baby needs and proceed to dissolve the stress.
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