Bonding is the attachment that develops between a baby and their parents. Bonding is an evolutionary process - part...
baby bonding Bonding is the attachment that develops between a baby and their parents. Bonding is an evolutionary process - part of the whole life cycle. Bonding is what makes sure babies get the care they need to thrive, because as a bonded and attached parent, you're going to be more likely to protect and feed your baby, which in turn means he'll grow, thrive, and carry on the human race. How you can bond with your baby... Breastfeed: Breastfeeding releases hormones that help you relax and that means you feel calm and ready to spend time with, and connect with your baby. Natural birth: You cannot always choose your birth experience, but aiming for natural birth vs. a medicated labor or c-section, is smart. Research shows that mamas who experience natural birth tend to have an easier time bonding with their baby. Infant massage: Massaging your baby is a great way to bond. Research shows that infant massage may be an especially good way to bond sick or premature babies with their parents. Talking: Your baby can't understand your words yet, but he does love to hear your voice and the mere act of chatting with your baby helps you connect. Skin-to-skin contact: Any touch will help you and your baby bond - holding, cuddling, co-sleeping, and more, but skin-to-skin contact has been shown to be especially helpful for the bonding process. Skin-to-skin contact has also been shown to be an excellent bonding activity for new dads in particular. Basic care: Some parents feel like they may never bond with their baby. In cases like this, one thing that can really help is to fake it until you make it. It sounds silly, but if you're doing everything you should be - changing, feeding, holding, and so on, your baby will thrive and in the midst of all the basic care you will connect. Bonding can be a slow process, but acting as if you're bonded can really help. Next: Tips about what to do when you feel like you'll never bond with your baby.

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