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4 Tips for Bonding with Your Newborn

 

Bonding with your newborn can come naturally for some mothers, but don't fret if it doesn't occur immediately with you. It is perfectly normal not to have that instant connection after a grueling process of pregnancy, labor and all that stress. Sometimes, some routine procedures in the hospital also hamper the bonding process. In order to foster that special attachment with your baby, here are some tips that may help speed up the process.

1. Opt for Room-In

Most hospitals now encourage babies to room-in with the parents. You and your husband may be tired from the birthing process, but the process is more traumatizing for your baby. Room-in your infant in order to begin developing that maternal connection.

2. Give Baby a Massage

There's nothing more soothing than skin-to-skin contact for both you and your baby. This way, you will both get to know each other's smell and feel. By giving your baby a gentle massage, you soothe both of you and seal in that connection.

3. Have Face-to-Face Time

At infancy, your baby can only see from very up close. Let him get to know your facial features early on. Your newborn can already follow objects with his eyes and will be able to observe your features. Make funny faces, and you might even be surprised to find him trying to imitate you.

4. Breastfeed

This is perhaps the best way to bond with your newborn. Breastfeeding will help both of you create that attachment with each other. You will get to know your baby's movements and sounds, feelings, smells and nuances.

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