A newborn is a new guest in your life. Even if he or she was part of you before taking birth, you two have not known each other as distinct personalities. So after birth, it is very important to take care of your bonding with the infant, irrespective of the biological connection you already share.
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However, a lot of new mothers tend to be a bit apprehensive about how to handle their newborns after they are discharged from the hospital. Especially, if it is their first child.
Presence of an elderly woman helps in overcoming the initial apprehension, but not all mothers are blessed with physical support around them. In that case, self-teaching and training can help you a lot in getting closer to your newborn.
We have enlisted here some ways by which new mothers can nurture a bonding with their just-born child (of course given the senior member, you have to take care of the relationship), take a look:
Talk To Your Baby
This is a very effective way to improve bonding with your baby. Since hearing is a sense that babies grow the fastest, they will identify you the more you talk to them. The practice of conversing with your child will also make him/her responsive, and gradually, this will help him/her grow attentive and know more about the surroundings. A big advantage of this is that he/she will learn to talk faster.
Establish More Skin-to-Skin Contact
Allow the baby to crawl on your breast. This helps in setting up a skin-to-skin (rather a heart-to-heart) contact between you and your newborn. Especially, babies that were separated from their mother at birth because of some medical urgency can be helped to get closer to their mother this way.
Perhaps the best way Mother Nature has prescribed on how to develop bonding between mother and infants. Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between you and your baby in the initial days of your baby's life. It allows the attachment between the mother and a child to blossom and things like conversing and cuddling that take place during this time make the bonding all the more strong.
Though infants can't see beyond a small radius after birth, you can still hold your little one closer and see into his/her eyes. This will give them an idea about whom he/she belongs to, and slowly he/she will know who is always catering to his/her needs. This will pave the way for a long-term attachment.
Hold your baby close to your heart. Your heartbeat is the only sound he/she can identify, since he/she has been hearing it even before he/she saw the daylight. So, the sound of your heart will continue to cement the bonding even in the initial days after birth. It will give your infant a sense of security.
Sing And Dance
Singing your child a lullaby or dancing around her bed, as he/she stares at you, can also make the bonding stronger. Through this, you can become a friend of your child in the days to come.
Make Bathing And Changing Diapers A Fun Activity
Talk to your baby while giving him/her a bath or changing his/her diapers. This will not only calm your baby down (they generally cry on these two occasions), but it will also help you develop your child's senses of understanding and gradually in conversing.
Give the child gentle swings at the time of sleeping. When this becomes a habit, the infant will himself/herself demand the same to go to sleep. The same over a period of time will make your child a very close partner.