Bonding With Your Baby

Bonding with BabyIt’s an amazing feeling when your baby realizes who you are. There’s a look of excitement that no one but you can evoke. It melts your heart. It lifts your spirits. Babies love their mommies, and it’s so important to bond with them, even when they’re little.

But it can be hard to know what exactly to do with a tiny baby who can’t talk or maybe even sit up yet.

Here are some fun ways to bond with your little one.

  1. Floor Time. As a mom, it is so easy to get lost in the business of life. We need the time on the floor playing and interacting with our little ones. Babies need the tummy time, so go ahead and join them. Place colorful, musical toys around your little one and explore them together. My little guy loves his Aiden and Anais cow while he’s on the floor. We also like to play “peek-a-boo” while having floor time. This is also a great chance for you to get older siblings involved in play. Just be careful–my daughter likes to get way up in my little guy’s face.
  2. Get Out of the House. Babies are so easy to take places when they are little. Baby wearing and those infant car seats allow moms to easily tote around their tots. Take baby somewhere where you can bond. For example, we went to the local library for baby story hour today. Levi is 6 months old, so he doesn’t really get it, but he loves the faces of the other children and the jivey beats of the songs they sing. Take your baby on a walk in your stroller around a local park or your neighborhood. Show your little one the trees and flowers and tell them all about their world. Babies love happy faces, so make sure to smile.
  3. Nurse, nurse, nurse. To me, there is no better way to bond with my babies than through nursing. There is something so wonderful about the emotional bond you create with your baby while nursing. The sense of comfort and love is beyond compare.
  4. Become the Best of Friends. This may sound silly, but really you can be BFF with your little one. When you share everything with your baby, take them along for your excursions, and become as involved as you can be in their world, you can’t help but become BFFs.
  5. Respond to His or Her Needs. It’s so important to respond to your baby’s needs. As mothers, we were created to be there for our little ones in good times and bad. Be there when your baby cries. Make them feel safe and secure. Assure them that you have their best interests in mind. Take them to meet other babies and family and show them that mommy will always be there.

Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you bond with your baby. Time flies and pretty soon they will be toddlers. You can’t turn back the clock, so enjoy the days as they come.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana. She needs to go so she can go play on the floor with her babies!

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