Becoming a first-time parent can be a little bit nerve-wracking, you want to look after your little one as best as possible, ensuring they have the best start in life. Following all the excitement of the hospital and labour, and being engulfed in your baby bubble, it’s easy to forget the basics and what to do once you bring baby home.
Bonding with your baby is a crucial part of their development, not to mention a magical experience for parents, so it’s important to start sharing that interaction and spending quality time together as a family from a young age. There are lots of ways to bond with your newborn which are fun for both baby and parent:
Cuddles – an obvious one which will come naturally as a parent but nurturing your baby and practicing skin on skin contact is a great way to bond and can be implemented as soon as your little one enters the world.
Reading – although baby may be too young to understand words and follow stories, listening to your voice is soothing and allows them to familiarise themselves with what you sound like from the first few days of life.
Noises – when your baby makes noises, talking back to them as if you’re having a conversation is something parents have done for years and helps your baby to understand the idea of communication. Another favourite is to sing songs and make silly noises!
Playtime – playing simple games such as peekaboo with your little one is a fun bonding activity, even before your baby can laugh as this entices their curiosity and improves happiness and familiarity.