Waiting the nine months (ten, actually) to hold your little one is finally over. You now have your angel in your arms and, if this is your first child, then it can be a little overwhelming that you have now entered into this life-changing event of having a baby.
It’s a crucial part of your newborn’s development that they bond with their caregiver; and you bond with them as well.
Infants are totally helpless beings, they rely on us 100% of the time to meet their needs – and that’s no easy task. Mothering comes easily and naturally for some, while it can take some getting used to for others.
Not to worry, here are five of the easiest and best ways for mommy (and daddy) and baby to get to know each other, to bond, and to fall more in love with one another every day.
1. Hold Your Baby: By holding your baby, you’re allowing for her to know and sense that you are near and everything is okay. Infants need this constant reminder that they are safe and that they are loved.
Also, nature is a powerful thing. When you hold your baby, your body temperatures become in sync with each other. Yours will raise and fall according to the needs of your baby, thus your body compensates for the both of you.
2. Touch Your Baby: Holding is one thing, touching is another. Little things like holding their hands, brushing their fingers, and stroking their face all generate feelings of security to your baby.
Infant massages are also a great idea as well. Massaging your infant helps to relax them, increase blood flow, and stimulate their digestive track. Parenthood.com has a great how-to article, which you can find here, on infant massage and its benefits.
3. Eye Contact: Infants can see about twelve inches in front of them, this roughly translates into the perfect viewing capabilities to see mommy’s face while you’re holding them.
As you gaze lovingly at your newborn, she will gaze back and start to recognize and memorize your face and its features.
4. Sing And Talk To Your Baby: A newborn can recognize their mother’s voice immediately, especially in the delivery room. I remember when I had my son, he was wailing as he was getting cleaned up. Once the delivery room nurses handed my son to me and I started talking to him, he promptly stopped crying. And as soon as I had him securely in my arms, he calmed right down.
Sing and talk to your baby all the time, especially when you’re holding them. It helps to foster that sense of safety that they crave.
5. Spend Time With Your Baby: For most of us, maternity leave is all we get. Not all of us can afford to be stay-at-home moms. If you do have to get back to work, and even if you don’t, spending time with your baby is crucial.
This includes all of the aforementioned points above as well as learning to be a mother to your baby. You have to bond with your infant in order to learn their cries, their wants, and their needs.
Children often have different and distinct cries for their needs – but that isn’t always the case. Spending time with your child will foster your innate maternal bond even more, thus allowing for you to become the best caregiver your child could ask for.
● Do your online research and speak to your pediatrician about any concerns you have regarding your newborn. Write things down that you have questions on and go over them attentively with your doctor. Working together with your doctor ensures the best care for yourself as well as your infant.
● The biggest piece of advice that I can give you readers is simply to use and listen to your maternal instincts from day one. Your child will let you know what they need, all you have to do is listen.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.