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Baby Basics > Encouraging Bonding

Encouraging Bonding

Bonding is the intense attachment that develops between parents and their baby. A baby who experiences this attachment fosters a sense of security and positive self-esteem. Here’s how it’s done.

Bonding with mom

  • Touch is effectively your baby’s first language, so give her plenty of it; babies respond to the smell and touch of their mothers in particular

  • If you are breastfeeding, you are creating the ideal conditions for mother-baby bonding, with your skin against her cheek

  • If you are bottle-feeding, hold your baby close to you and let her know that she’s safe in your arms; skin-to-skin contact is recommended

  • Eye-to-eye contact provides meaningful communication

  • Smile at your baby and exaggerate your facial expressions; even early on she will try to imitate them

  • Your baby will be familiar with your voice from her time spent in the womb, and she will feel comforted and close to you when she hears you


  

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