For some mothers, bonding with their baby is not immediate and takes a little longer than for other new mums. If you don’t feel an immediate ‘connection’ with your baby, it doesn’t make you a bad mother, it just might mean you need a little more time and to listen to some advice.
Fortunately a lot of information and advice is at hand, to help mums bond with their babies. If you are struggling achieve that special connection with your baby, reading the following Mother and baby bonding tips and advice, may help you find that special bond you desire.
Carry baby in a sling
Carrying your baby close to you in a sling may help intensify the bond as your little one snuggles close to you, feeling warm and safe, like he/she did in your womb.
Giving your baby a bath can be a great time to develop that mother and baby bond. Holding your baby, who is completely dependent on you, and washing, drying and dressing her, is a great way to unwind a ‘get closer’ to your baby.
Massage your baby
Gently rubbing and massaging your baby’s skin is not only a good way to comfort your baby, but it will also help you get to know him/her. Massaging a baby can also help an infant with problems associated with wind and colic. Knowing you are easing your little one’s discomfort will do wonders for your confidence as a mother and creating that special bond.
Whilst it is entirely up to you whether you breastfeed your baby or not, breastfeeding your little one brings a tremendous sense of love and wellbeing, as you know you are providing all that unsurpassable nourishment to your baby.
Although breastfeeding does not come easy, and your baby may take some time to latch on. If this is the case, try not to give up thinking you are doing something wrong, persevere and eventually both you and baby should be reaping the benefits of breastfeeding.
Your baby has grown used to hearing your voice, and singing to your infant can be a great way to relax and soothe a baby, as well as developing a mutual connection.
Playing, even when a baby is only a few weeks old, can be a good way to strengthen a bond between mother and child. Playing games such as ‘peekaboo’ and ‘This little piggy went to market’, can help a baby develop coordination and language skills.
Changing a baby’s nappy
It may sound absurd, but changing your baby’s nappy can be a good way to spend some quality time with your little one and help develop a bond. Talk and smile at your baby whilst you change her. Tickle his/her tummy, There is nothing quite as rewarding for a parent as that first precious smile.