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Babies a New Life : Bonding Your relationship from the start (part 2) - Creating a connection Building strong bonds

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Creating a connection Building strong bonds

The bond between you and your child can start before birth, with a rush as your baby is born, or more slowly over the first year as you get to know each other. This relationship will form the basis for her sense of security, give her the confidence to explore her world, and guide how she relates to other people throughout her life.

  • Stay close

    Keep your baby with you or your partner as much as you can after she’s born. Resist sending her away to the nursery unless there is a medical reason to do so.

  • The power of touch

    At first it may seem your newborn is so small and vulnerable that she might break, but in reality she needs you to be in physical contact with her most of her waking hours. The more you touch, stroke, and get used to handling her, the more confident you’ll become.

  • Communicate

    Look into her eyes, smile, talk softly, then wait to see how she responds. You’ll be rewarded as she turns toward your voice. Don’t worry if she doesn’t seem to focus clearly on you—her eye muscles are still developing.

  • Hold her with confidence

    Your newborn has been held securely inside you for nine months and can find the open space and lack of enclosure a shock at birth. Help her feel secure by holding her close, skin to skin if you can. Try swaddling: This recreates the sensations your baby experienced in the womb. Make sure that she doesn’t overheat if you swaddle her.

  • Tune in

    Learn your baby’s habits, likes, and dislikes through observing her every move. You’ll soon be aware of how she communicates, what soothes her, the times of day she’s ready to play, and when she’s at her crankiest.

Securely held

When your baby snuggles into your body and you hold her firmly against you, she feels safe and protected.

Give and receive

Simple exchanges of physical affection are ways to express your growing relationship with your baby.

Precious moments

The more time you spend with your baby, the closer your bond will be. Make every minute count.

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