Finding your feet as a new parent can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, but the one aspect of parenting you’ll never have to second-guess is the love you feel for your baby. Most little ones spend their early days soaking up as much information as possible from the world around them, which means there’s no better time to show them love and grow your bond. If you’re feeling unsure, try some of these simple, natural ways to strengthen your growing relationship with your baby.
Make eye contact
In the months leading up to your baby’s arrival, you probably saw several ultrasound images of him or her in the womb, each of them building on the initial bond. Although ultrasounds are becoming more impressive and detailed, with some even available in 3D or 4D, they can’t compare to the reality of looking into your baby’s eyes for the first time. Try to make eye contact whenever possible to strengthen your bond with your baby, but especially during moments filled with positive emotions, like feeding or play time – this will strengthen the association your baby makes between those emotions and you.
This most primal instinct is one of nature’s best bonding hacks for mother and baby. Your milk is the perfect combination of nutrients for a growing infant, making it the best thing your baby could drink during their first few months of life, plus, you also get the benefit of physical closeness during the feeding process. … Read More