23 Simple Ways for Mummies to Bond With Their Baby
Hey, Mummies! Check out these fun, easy ways for you to grow closer to your baby!
New mums are always looking for new or different ways to bond with their newborns. While you may think you've heard it all before, there's a strong possibility that this list can help you discover some insightful, fun, or interesting ways to strengthen your bond with your newborn!
From kangaroo care to silly faces, and intent eye contact, these are some of the best ways for new mummies to bond with their infants!
23 ways for mums to bond with their baby
If you're able to breastfeed, the benefits speak volumes about themselves. It sounds like the most basic way to bond with your baby--and for the most part, it is--but it goes far beyond nutrition. Breastfeeding gives your little one a chance to snuggle up to you, hear your heartbeat, and even embrace your scent which soothes your baby even at the worst of times.
2. Eye contact
Especially during feeding and/or bottle time. This gives the baby a chance to remember you and know what they meant to you.
3. Gentle massage
Not only does a gentle, well-executed massage soothe your baby, but it can also induce some adorable giggles and smiles!
4. Put that mobile phone away!
Nothing is more impersonal than hanging out with someone and constantly being on your phone! The same goes for your baby. Put the phone down and spend some quality time with your little one. Your Facebook and Whatsapp notifications can wait.
5. Looking into the mirror
Babies may not understand the concept of a reflection, so spending time looking in the mirror is sure to indulge their curiosity, intrigue and bring out a few laughs!
6. Listen to your little one's heartbeat
Like music to a mother's ear! Just as exciting as the first time you heard their heartbeat via sonogram.
7. Sleep when your baby sleeps
What better way to grow closer to someone than to be on the exact same schedule as each other? Try it out!
8. Don't stress over milestones
Development varies for each baby so there's no need to add any stress to your relationship with your baby. Don't overthink anything and just sit back and let your baby develop at his or her own rate.
Physical contact is among one of the best ways to grow a closer, stronger relationship. Kangaroo care, as it's also called, is a sweet — and practical — activity since it helps regulate baby's breathing and heart rate.
10. Respond to cries
Despite what you may think, reacting to your infant's cries won't spoil them! So go ahead, new mummies! React to your baby's cries and pick them up as you please.
11. Sniff, sniff, sniff
Babies have a very unique smell. Most mummies love it! Try taking the time to embrace your baby's special scent!
It's not only adorable to dress your baby up in cute, or fashionable outfits...it's a great way to bond with your baby. Go on, mums. Put on your own little baby fashion show.
13. Play with stuffed toys
Stuffed toys are soft, furry, and playful. That means they're perfect for playtime with your baby! Bring out his favourites and make a playdate with your little one.
14. Read your baby stories
Play dates are fun, sure. But sometimes sitting down and reading your baby a cute little book can be a great way to bond. Try making silly voices to engage their interest and bring about some giggles!
15. Set a special schedule
Babies are creatures of habits. Use that to your advantage! It'll help them feel more at ease, and more regulated.
16. "Mummy-and-me" dates
Otherwise known as mummy and baby's day out, is there any better way to spend some quality time with your baby? You can plan just about anything under the sun, just make sure the day is all about spending time with your special little one.
17. Incorporate cute little pet names
Mums usually have an adorably innate ability to come up with cute pet names for their bundles of joy. Try out as many cutesy names for your little ones!
18. Create a "baby-and-me" playlist
Sharing a favorite song with a friend is great way to bond, if you share a favorite playlist...well that's just magical. Try making a playlist with your baby that he and you will both enjoy! Then sing along and grow closer together.
19. Bond over food/feeding time
When you eat with a friend or with your family, you're always building upon a relationship. If you can bond over feeding time, or while you eat, the same rule applies!
20. Let loose and get silly!
Sometimes you've just gotta get silly! Your baby will benefit from a little playful silliness. Bust out the goofy voice and funny face and let loose, Mummy!
21. Talk to your baby when you're stressed
The early stages of motherhood can be a bit overwhelming. So, needless to say, you're going to need to vent. If you take the time to talk to your baby, you won't just get a lot off of your mind, you'll actually be reducing your stress levels! Give it a go the next time you're not feeling your coolest.
22. Embrace diaper duty
It may be called "dirty work" but that doesn't mean you can't take pride and joy in it! Believe it or not, it's a great time and place to bond with your baby.
23. Kiss like there's no tomorrow
A mother's kiss can be a magical thing for a baby! Give your baby as many smooches as possible, because when your little one is older, he or she may not want mummy's kisses as much!
We hope you enjoy the early stages of motherhood, it truly is a magical time!
This list was based on a post from Parents