5ways in which u can bond with ur newborn. These are pretty simple but when I've just given birth ur life is in a termoid physically & mentally. So u might not find easy to connect with ur child especially when the child is not giving any feedback just yet. As they get older it gets easier & easier, but in the beginning u might need some reminding. So here r some easy ways.
🎀 Skin to skin bonding - this is so important that newborns as soon as they're born they're put right on the mother's chest to get some skin to skin contact, this helps to regulate their body temperature but also emotionally it gives them a sense of security because they can smell ur scent, they can hear ur heart beat. They feel that vibration because, for 9months the biggest sound they could hear was ur heart beat & the sound of ur blood pulsing. Once they are out if they can hear that same rhythm it really helps them calm down & it also helps u because the skin-to-skin contact helps happy hormones get released in a mother's body, it also helps with breastfeeding, it increases the flow of breast milk.
🎀 Eye Contact - Eye Contact with a newborn is really good for them because when they are born their sense of focus is not developed yet. So when they see things they're slightly out of focus but when u come close to their face & look into their eyes they can focus on that. Eye-to-eye contact is the first feedback u get from ur baby like once when u look at, they lock eyes with u that's when u get that satisfaction that u r connecting with ur baby.
🎀 Include a lot of talking when u r looking at ur baby. Specially when ur hormones are in a mess & when u feel like u r low or when u have those baby blues, so remember to look at ur baby actually be present & talk to them. Sometimes u don't know what to talk to ur baby or what to say ur newborn because u feel like they don't really understand anything & there is only so many woah-hah sounds u can make with them right! So u can talk about anything at all for eg. when ur giving them a massage, which is another great way to do some skin-to-skin time, u can look into their eyes, all of these work together, so when u r giving them a massage instead of talking on the phone or looking at the TV mindlessly doing the massage, be there & connect with ur child look into their eyes.
🎀 Singing is an other way to connect with ur baby & for some people it comes naturally for others like me it does not but when u r singing to a child u don't have to be the best singer in the world. The only thing they want to hear is ur voice & when u r singing u r usually singing in a soft voice, so it's very pleasant to them. You can sing popular lullabies or u can sing songs in ur language or u can make up ur own songs. Some of RISHANK's favourite songs are the one's that we made up as we went along & to this day he loves them, it's kind of special to have that connection with ur baby through singing.
🎀 Breast feeding is the single biggest way to bond with ur newborn & the best most sufficient way. But not everyone is able to do it. Most of these ways of bonding get included in the process of breastfeeding which is why breastfeeding is so great for both u & ur baby because when u r breastfeeding u r usually doing skin-to-skin, u r looking into ur baby's eyes, u r talking to them. So for whatever reason if u r not able to do it u can kind of mimic the process. Give ur full attention to ur baby when u r feeding them & u'll get all of these benefits.
Happy Bonding Mamma's ♥️
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