Baby Bonding Ideas
Bonding with your baby can be beautiful but did you know it’s also important for your newborn’s development? These lovely ways can helps to connect with your baby.
- Baby Karaoke
Even if your singing voice is best left to the shower, this is the one time in your life where your child will not only forgive you for not hitting the notes or forgetting the words, but they’ll love it. If you don’t know any nursery rhymes, sing something else that you enjoy or make something up. Looking at your baby in the eye and holding, rocking or dancing with baby is lovely for bonding with baby, and it’s hard not to crack a smile when you’re busting out those daggy dance moves in the living room.
2. Baby massage
Massaging your baby can be a great way to help baby relax, relieve discomfort and help parents bond with baby.
Playing and having fun together is a wonderful way to encourage bonding with baby. Take every opportunity to touch, pull faces at and make noises at your baby to see what they enjoy. Like all of us, every baby is unique and will be amused in their own way. It might take some trial and error to find what your baby likes, but that’s all part of getting to know one another. Kissing baby’s toes at the change table, smothering your little one with kisses, playing peekaboo or gently blowing air on bubs face might do the trick.
4. Share a story
Look your baby in the eyes and talk to them. Tell them a story, perhaps of how mum and dad met and fell in love, or about the day they were born. Say I love you and speak to your baby with a gentle, loving voice. You might be able to have a conversation with your baby when they start to babble, pausing for baby to answer and speaking back to them when they are silent. Not only can this help with speech development, it’s also a lovely way to strengthen your connection and boost bonding with baby.
5. Bath time
Most babies love the bath, so it’s a great opportunity to spend some happy awake time together. It can be particularly special for dads who sometimes find bonding with baby difficult as they can’t breastfeed and may be away for long hours at work. Try to make the bath as much fun for the two of you as possible. Try playing music and singing, playing with toys together, or talking to baby.