Why is baby bonding so important? You love this little person, and you want them to become a well-rounded, happy individual. Part of developing a grounded little person is developing a loving, connected relationship with them so that your child will grow into a confident, happy, empathetic adult. To raise an empathetic child, you need to be empathetic. You need to step into your baby’s booties and read their signals. These bonding techniques will help you to do just that.
High touch, skin-to-skin contact – Hold your baby close. Give her access to your skin so that she can take in your smell and get to know you as her primary caregiver. She will begin to associate your smell and feel with safety, protection and nourishment.
Walk them around your environment – Drape a sling around your body, place baby inside, and walk them around your home and immediate environment. This allows them to feel happy and safe in their home, and they’ll be at eye-level with you, which we’ll touch on in just a bit.
Night-time bonding – Bonding at night is highly underrated. During this time, you and your baby are creating subconscious bonds with one another, so it’s important that during the first few months you sleep in the same vicinity. Touch your baby while they’re sleeping, pick them up if they’re feeling cranky, or hold them close to help them fall back asleep.
Feeding time – Breastfeed as often and for as long as you can. Breastfeeding is a great bonding tool because, again, your baby is taking in your scent and is on your eye-level. Eye contact is a wonderful way to bond with your little one because gazing down at her will release oxytocin (the bonding hormone) in your brain, and in hers.
Baby massage – Massages aren’t just for us oldies! Rub your baby down with whatever creams or oils you’re already using. It helps to relax them and it will be an enjoyable experience for both of you.
Vocal communication – Speak and sing to your little person. Laugh with them. Vocal communication will ensure that your baby connects your voice with love, safety, appreciation and nurturing.