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How can I jump-start the bonding process with my newborn baby?

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Bonding with your child is one of the great joys of parenthood, but it doesn't always happen right away. You’re adjusting, and your newborn is getting used to being out in the world. To jump-start the bonding process:

  • Spend time skin to skin. Hold your infant close to your chest while you feed her or just when you’re cuddling. You can also stroke or gently massage your little one.
  • Talk to your baby. Coo, babble, sing, and speak to her -- she loves the sound of your voice.
  • Look into your baby's eyes and smile. In time, she'll start to mimic your expressions.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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