5. Sling – Use a sling or front baby carrier to keep your baby close to you throughout the day. If you’re running errands, having him close to you in a sling rather than in a stroller gives you the opportunity to coo and comfort your baby while on the go. Being near your heartbeat can also help them feel safe and secure.
6. Bathe – Bathing your baby is a quiet time that is conducive to bonding. Make it a ritual that you both cherish and look forward to. Use lavender to help calm him and play soft music in the background to help him relax.
7. Play – Babies learn and grow by playing. Move objects in front of their eyes until they are able to focus and follow the object. Make it a game that is fun for them to take part in.
8. Respond – Being responsive to your baby’s cry and meeting his needs will build trust. Kids who create a secure attachment with their parents will be more independent as they grow.
9. Motion – Babies are comforted through motion. Some kids like the rocking motion of a swing and some enjoy being rocked in a chair or bouncing around the room while being close.
10. Relax – New parents can easily get stressed out trying to be a perfect parent. Get enough rest so you can be present and enjoy your baby. He can sense how you feel and will respond accordingly.
Whether you’re a new parent, an adoptive parent or the parent of a child with special needs, all moms and dads can interact and bond with their kids. Taking an active role in providing care in a loving manner will strengthen the bond you have with your little one. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. Friends and family are more than willing to bring in meals, clean your house, or give you a break so you can rest. Taking good care of yourself should be at the top of your priority list when it comes to bonding with your baby.
About Kelly Johnson and Parker Time Potions
Kelly Johnson is the founder of Parker Time Potions pediatric massage oils and an expert on parent/child bonding. When Kelly noticed that her toddler son was developing at a “delayed” rate, she wanted to bond with him and experience the joy of development and progress. Through her research, Kelly discovered that massage was the best way for her and her son to bond when “normal” avenues of bonding were not available, leading her to formulate her own all-natural Parker Time Potions pediatric massage oils. Her son was since diagnosed with autism and Parker Time now also serves as a vehicle to fund autism research by donating some of its proceeds to autism related causes.www.parkerpotions.com