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Bonding With Your Baby

Becoming a new parent is an overwhelming experience, and it can be challenging to figure out how to connect with your baby. Bonding is crucial for the emotional and physical development of your child, and it can also be a rewarding experience for parents. Here are some tips on how to bond with your baby.

One of the first things you will (probably) have done when your baby was born will have been to have some skin-to-skin contact with them. If you didn’t it’s never too late to start, skin-to-skin contact is an excellent way to bond with your baby. Hold your baby close to your chest, and let them feel the warmth of your body, let them hear the familiar beat of your heart and feel your chest move as you breathe. This technique helps regulate the baby's body temperature, heart rate, and breathing. It can also increase the production of oxytocin in both of you, which is the hormone that promotes bonding and relaxation.

Another way to bond with your baby is to talk to them. Even though they may not understand everything you say, hearing your voice can be soothing and comforting for them. You can simply narrate your day-to-day activities, describing what you are doing, sing songs, or read books to your baby, all of these activities will be promoting the bond with your baby. This can also help develop their early literacy, language and communication skills.

Finally, spend quality time is a fabulous way of bonding with your baby. It can be challenging to find time amidst all the responsibilities, but even a few minutes of focused attention can go a long way. You can play games, explore the surroundings, or simply cuddle with your baby. This can create a positive association with you, and your baby will feel loved and secure.

Just remember, bonding with your baby is a gradual process, and it takes time and effort. Remember to be patient and give yourself and your baby the time and space to connect. With these tips, you can create a meaningful and lasting bond with your baby.

If you feel like you are struggling to bond, or would simply like more information about bonding with your baby, the NCT website has more information.

I can also offer more support and ideas of ways in which you can bond with your baby during a 1:1 Holistic Coaching session or most of our classes are full of ideas.

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