Did you know that creating an emotional bonding with our babies is good for their overall development?
Stimulation in any form during the early years of life is really good for the emotional development of the child. It makes them comfortable and socially and academically strong and secure.
Here are a few activities which can help to boost emotional bonding with your baby –
Cuddling, holding and kissing – When my daughter was born and placed in my arms, I instinctively kissed her on her little forehead. I still remember that feeling when she was placed in my arms. My first instinct was to hold her and cuddle her. I am sure all the kissing and cuddling establishes and creates an emotional bond with your child. As they grow up, providing enough love and care helps them to be emotionally stable and boosts their overall development.
Oil massage – I still remember our oil massage sessions when my girls were small. They both enjoyed these massages and it was a great way to bond with them. I remember talking and singing to them while massaging. It’s not only a great way to bond but also has a lot of other benefits like reduces colic, helps in brain development and also helps to increase alertness in babies. Who knew that massaging was so beneficial? Next time, whenever you massage your little one, remember that it’s also good for her emotional health which in turn is good for her overall development.
Breastfeeding/feeding – When a mother kisses her new born baby, she is creating an emotional bond which is good for both mom and baby; holding the baby close while feeding is a great way to bond with the new born.
Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding is a superb way to have skin to skin contact. Infants respond to the smell and touch of their mothers. The responsiveness of the parents to the needs helps in infant cognition.
A baby needs a lot of stimulation to FeedIQ and to promote overall development. Breastfeeding not only boosts emotional development but has many health benefits too as it has DHA and natural vitamin E to boost brain development in infants. There are a lot of benefits of breastfeeding for moms too as it helps them to feel relaxed and calm. A relaxed mom is a happy mom and a happy baby.
One on one time – Babies can follow your facial expression s and also try to imitate it. So, make sure you spend quality time with your baby and look in the eyes while talking to them. Babies like listening to their parents and it boosts the communication skills in them too. Things which you can include in your special one on one time are stroking of hair, cradling and rocking slowly. Dads sometimes feel left out and wonder how to bond with the baby. So, they can also do all the things mentioned in this point to create an emotional bond. Other than these, giving a bath to the baby, imitating the cooing noises, reading and singing to the baby is a great way to bond.
Be a happy parent – Initially, it’s not as easy as obviously, it is overwhelming for new parents. It’s a completely new phase for the parents and pretty emotionally and physically draining. But to be honest, you have to be happy parents to connect with your baby and create a strong emotional bond. Try to keep supportive and helpful people around you who can give you confidence about your parenting abilities. Emotional support from your family and friends make a huge difference. It surely takes time but be there for your baby and create that special bond. Play, laugh, sing and be silly with your baby. Stimulation through play is the best as it helps the baby to use his senses and be more active.
Bonding is a personal experience which takes time. Slowly you can build a stronger bond with your baby and it can help to boost the overall development of the baby.
These are a few activities which helped me to boost emotional bonding with my kids. Do you have any more ideas? Do let me know in the comments.
October 4, 2018 at 3:16 pm
Such a lovely post, Deepa! I remember how fun were the massage times when my son was little. He was born in winters so initially it was a struggle to do this activity & the session would last only for a couple of minutes but soon he started enjoying his massage time & then it became a fun bonding activity for us.
October 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm
Being a happy parent is one the most important things to be around a baby. As a happy person and parent you will think of more ways to bond with your child. Another good post, Deepa.
October 4, 2018 at 9:28 pm
love care and hugs create a great emotional environment for the babies. I loved our oil massage times when my son was a baby.
October 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm
If there was ever an excuse to hug your kids more….It’s great that hugs are important to help them grow up 🙂
October 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm
These points ring so true from my own experience! As parents, we instinctively keep our babies close- that’s probably nature’s way of enhancing their emotional growth 🙂
October 6, 2018 at 1:14 am
This is such a wonderful post. Bonding with your child can bring so much joy for both parent and baby.
October 6, 2018 at 2:39 am
This is Quite an informational post. Hugs and massages goes a long way with boosting a kids overall development ,
October 6, 2018 at 8:46 am
Not just baby I feel every child needs a lot of attention and bonding. My toddler too loves cuddling, one on one time and oil massages in winter. For infants breast feeding also is a great idea for bonding
October 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm
A happy environment in the family is sure to have a positive effect on the child. I guess, instead of saying a strict ‘No’ to something, accompany a reason to why you feel the child should not be doing something.This helps the child to emotionally trust you!
October 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Absolutely Deepa, these things that we usually do as a new-born care has many innate aspects and are chronically related to emotional cognitive development.
You have explained these beautifully. #gleefulreads #FeedIQChatter Abbott #FeedIQ
October 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm
I recently talked about the last point on my instagram. I feel it’s highly crucial that we be happy around our kids! Agree with rest of the ways too. The oil massage has really helped me bond with my child since the very beginning.
October 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm
I love all these tips! I sure miss that “baby” time with my kids…they are both in Middle School!!
October 6, 2018 at 9:06 pm
loved each and every point mentioned, and yes it is damn important to build that bond from the very initial stage, thank you for sharing such an amazing piece of content, will definitely share the same with my friends too
October 6, 2018 at 10:07 pm
Such a lovely article. I so wish I was reading these articles during my new mother days. This is very inspiring.
October 7, 2018 at 4:25 am
This is such a lovely post about bonding with your baby! I’d say it’s great advice for bonding with anyone. Less time staring at our screens and more time being engaged. Thanks for the reminder!
October 7, 2018 at 7:58 am
Yes, I had heard this somewhere that touch based activities increase emotional bond with the baby! But this post really widened my spectrum of how to do it! Loved the post!
October 7, 2018 at 12:04 pm
Being a happy parent makes a lot of difference. Its a very stressful time as a new parent with feeding woes and sleep deprivation but if the parent is in a foul mood it does impact the baby. Wonderful tips Deepa on enhancing cognitive development through stimulation.
October 8, 2018 at 12:55 am
These are great tips. My grandchildren are still pretty little, my grandson is 4 months, and he loves to cuddle and massages. When I massage his feet he goes right to sleep!
October 10, 2018 at 11:19 am
This is such a nice and an important article. Saving it future reference 🙂