HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR BABY


Being a parent means more than just feeding and dressing your kids. It is the biggest reward and happiness that we receive in our life. And a wonderful opportunity of bringing up your best friend and creating a lifelong, unbreakable bond with him.
We talk a lot about baby food, clothes, toys, books and the comfiest cots. But sometimes we forget how important it is to have a beautiful relationship with your kid.


PREGNANCY
The first and most important stage of bonding begins when you're pregnant (or when your partner is pregnant). This is when you should to talk and sing to your baby, touch your belly and respond to his kicks. It is your first way of commnication. Acknowlege the little person growing inside of your body, learn his little habits. All this will make you more excited to welcome him to your world and it will let you get to know each other.



AFTER YOUR BABY IS BORN

DO SKIN-TO-SKIN AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE

As soon as possible after the birth, an whenever possible later. The list of benefits of 'kangaroo care' is very long. It is not only a great way to stabilise your baby's blood pressure, breathing and body temperature but also an ideal way to initialize breastfeeding. And, of course, it makes the baby feel safe after leaving the cozy womb.

ALWAYS ANSWER HIS CRY
Apart from physical abuse, there is nothing worse you can do to you child than ignoring him. 
Your voice, your smell is all that he knows and trusts. Comfort you baby with your cuddles. Here you can read more about it.

BREASTFEED AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to bond with a baby. It lowers your chance for postnatal depression, reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it matures your baby's immune system and protects his long-term health. Children who were breast-fed usually start speaking earlier and have higher IQ.
The benefits for mum include lower risk for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

If for any reason you were unable to breastfeed your baby and you bottle-feed him, remeber to always make the feeding time special for both of you. Cuddle him, look into his eyes and pay all your attention to him. 

EAT YOUR MEALS TOGETHER
Eating together bonds the family. Actually, eating with baby is both practical (mums often have no time for proper meals) and fun! You can feed your baby and your baby can feed you 🙂

READ WITH YOUR CHILD
Start as early as possible. Reading is one of the best things you can do with your child to ensure he gets a good start into his life. Don't give up when he doesn't pay much attention at the beginning. Create a habit of reading everyday, and soon your baby will absolutely love it.

SING TO YOUR CHILD
I remember when my newborn son recognized some of the songs I used to sing when I was pregnant. It was such a fantastic experience!
Singing will make both you and your child more relaxed. You don't have to have Aguilera's voice to do it. But if you have it- your kid is luckier than mine!

TURN THE TV OFF,  TAKE YOUR EYES AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE
Enjoy the moment. Don't let the brain-washing reality show steal the most precious moments in life from you!

MAKE SURE HIS ENVIRONMENT IS SAFE
People need to feel safe to grow mentally. Don't make unnecessary noise at home, especially when you have a newborn. He needs peace. 

MAKE TIME FOR CUDDLES AND KISSES
Soon he'll learn to say no 🙂 Nothing makes me happier than kissing my son's little cheeks! (remember not to kiss baby's lips! Safety first).

SMILE TO HIM 

Don't expect your child to be smiley if you're always grumpy! Baby is like a mirror of his parents. Smile to him and keep an eye contact. Little signs of care and respect mean a lot to these little humans!

TAKE HIS EMOTIONS SERIOUSLY, RESPEECT HIM AND LISTEN TO HIM

Don't laugh at him when he cries, don't shout. Nobody likes to be ignored and disrespected.

RECORD YOUR MEMORIES TOGETHER
Take photos, videos and record the most important moments in the diary. Time flies and baby changes every day, it is easy to forget about his first turn or the day he took his first step.

SPEND TIME TOGETHER
Parenthood is the most beautiful journey you'll ever make.
The more time you spend with your baby, the more you learn. You will become more grateful, more humble, and happier! Life with a small child doesn't have to be boring. If you like swimming, join the baby swimming classes. If you like going to art galleries, take your baby with you.

WEAR YOUR BABY
In a wrap sling from birth onwards or in a safe baby carrier (when your baby is able to sit up independently). It is a phenomenal way to bond with your child!

LET YOURSELF BE A KID (sometimes)
Adult life can be draining. Sometimes is good to forget for a few moments about a loan, bills, road traffic and politics and just have fun with kids. Their limitless imagination, positive attitude and gratitude are the best energy boosters!



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18 comments

  1. These are all really great ideas and a lot of them I still try and do with my three now aged 9,6,6

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  2. What a gorgeous post to read and some lovely ideas/tips here. I love the idea of letting yourself be a kid sometimes, you're right, adult life is draining.

    Ami xxx

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    1. This is so important! Sometimes I feel that I love Duplo more than my son haahaha :) Thanks for reading x

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  3. You've got some wonderful tips here, like answering babies cry. So important and great for bonding too!

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    1. Absolutely, this is one of the most important things. Thanks for reading, Katy! x

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  4. I think I covered all of these with my children. This is a great post for first time parents x

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  5. I love being a kid again with mine, it makes you seem more attainable to them too

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  6. Great tips. I couldn't breast feed and felt like I was letting E down, but I make sure I do all the above, and more. E recognised a song I use to sing when I was pregnant, and it still calms her now.

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    1. It is such an awesome experience, isnt't it? I absolutely loved it, and I will never forget how I felt that day :)

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  7. I am not yet a parent so this was an interesting read for me, you parents do an incredible job. My parents are my best buddies and we talk often

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    1. Thanks a lot, Anosa! This must be so awesome to have such an incredible bond with parents! :) x

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  8. Great tips! It always starts in the womb. You're right, we should talk to them as early as the pregnancy stage.

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for reading, Lauretta! ;)

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  9. I used to sing to my bump, even if I did feel a bit silly at first!

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    1. It does feel silly, but after few days it feel like talking to a friend you have known for years :) <3

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