Bonding and Soothing Techniques
Skin to skin contact
Holding your baby close is a wonderful feeling. Every time you hold your baby close, that bond will grow a little bit deeper. Hold your newborn against your own skin while feeding or cradling.
Bond through massage
Massaging your baby is a natural way to improve baby’s physical and emotional health. Always try to spend a few minutes each day to connect with your baby through massage. Baby massage is soothing and can comfortably last 10 – 20 minutes. Before starting, make sure the room is warm and your baby is quiet, well-rested and alert.
Feeding is one of the most natural ways to bond with your baby. Breastfeeding promotes closeness between a mother and baby. Feeding promotes both eye to eye and skin to skin contact.
Eye to Eye contact
Look into your baby’s eyes and use facial expressions to interact with them. Your newborn will typically see you best when your face is about one foot away from her body. When feeding your baby,smile and look into your baby’s eyes to promote bonding.
Touch and Smell
Newborn will respond to the warmth of your touch. Lay your baby against your chest and cover your newborn with a soft and lightweight towel. Your newborn will be able to identify you through your touch and smell.
Talk to your baby
Your baby loves to hear your voice. Talk to your newborn all day long. Describe the things you see. Talk, read and sing to your newborn. Your baby will probably also love listening to music. If your little one is being fussy, try singing, reciting poetry and nursery rhymes. Sharing a picture book with your baby promotes an emotional connection and stimulates a positive interaction. Look for colourful picture books or books with pictures of babies to share with your baby.
Swaddle your baby
Swaddling, which works well for babies during their first weeks, is another soothing technique. Not only does swaddling keep a baby warm but it also gives a sense of security and comfort.