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What is bonding with a baby?

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Bonding refers to the special attachment that forms between a mother and father and their new baby. It's what makes parents instinctively want to care for and nurture their child.

Sometimes, the bond is immediate -- parents fall in love the instant they set eyes on their little "bundle of joy." Sometimes, it takes weeks or even months to feel that attachment. If you haven't begun bonding with your baby, don't feel anxious or guilty -- it should come with time.

SOURCES:

Hernandez-Reif, M, Diego, M, and Field T , 2007. Infant Behavior and Development

O'Higgins, M., St. James Roberts, I., Glover, V. , 2008. Journal of Affective Disorders

Lee, H. 2006. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi,

Ferber, S and Makhoul, I. , 2004. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Hernandez-Reif, M, Diego, M, and Field T , 2007. Infant Behavior and Development

O'Higgins, M., St. James Roberts, I., Glover, V. , 2008. Journal of Affective Disorders

Lee, H. 2006. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi,

Ferber, S and Makhoul, I. , 2004. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

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