The journey of parenthood is a lifelong one, from the moment of conception to the child growing up into their own person and going out into the world. The strategies are many and complex, from the joyous toddler to the hormonal teenager and independent young adult. A parent witnesses all this, offering as much guidance as they can. It is crucial to stay in touch with your child from a young age, because it not only allows them to understand relationships, but it also strengthens the bond you have with them. As a baby, they don’t understand the error of parenting and they look to you as their guardian and friend. You are the first love of their life. Here are ways to bond with your newborn as a beginning to your journey together as parent and child.
This is a newborn starter pack essential. Feeding is one way that babies bond with their mothers, and even with their fathers. Understanding that milk comes from their parents makes them dependent on them. It also lets them know that you provide comfort when they cry which creates a bond of trust for them. A lot of research actually suggests that skin-to-skin contact when feeding or when cradling your baby is beneficial to both the parent and the baby. When feeding your child make sure you, even if you aren’t speaking to them, that you look at them. Bottle time is certainly a recommended way to bond with your child. It is easy, constant and a moment cherished by both parent and child.
Story-telling is a lovely and creative way to bond with your baby. They may not understand the words, but it is the time spent together that will grow to be a bonding experience. Babies fixate on the faces and voices of their parents and associate them with comfort and love. Story-telling is an activity that many children grow to love, especially before bed time. It is creatively stimulating and inspires the use of imagination. The stories don’t have to be fiction. Some parents like to tell stories of their childhood, or the moments they met their spouse, or any special moment in their life. You could even try story-telling through singing. Singing can be soothing to their baby and helps make them familiarise their parents’ voices and connect it to certain emotions like happiness.
Communicating with your baby is the most important. Respond to their cries and talk to them in soothing tones that reassure them and make them feel safe and comforted. This is not only about speaking with your baby. It’s also about looking at them when you feed or cradle them, to let them know that they have your full attention. Look into their eyes and speak to them softly with facial expressions to match.