Baby Bonding is a Breeze!

How to connect with babies from every place in the family.

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Maternal Bonding

Newborn babies bonding with their mothers is a natural occurrence that happens soon after birth. However, mother-baby bonding time is not just natural, it is also beneficial. For mothers, bonding with their baby will strengthen the relationship they will have in the future. Researchers have found babies that cuddle or establish an early-on relationship with their mothers tend to feel more secure or safe as toddlers and later in life. A typical ways for mothers and babies to bond is through breastfeeding. Not only does it give babies many necessary nutrients to help it build a better immune system, it also promotes a physical bond between mother and child. Cuddling the baby, singing to it softly, or staring into his or her eyes are all great ways of bonding.
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Paternal Bonding

Newborns bonding with their fathers is also very important. Typically, fathers feel left out from the bonding process because of all the things they can't do with the baby. They can't breastfeed, so there isn't a lot of time for connection, considering because babies mostly eat and sleep. However, there are ways to let fathers have some one-on-one time with their son or daughter. Giving them baths, cuddling and talking while the baby is in quiet alert state, or talking to the baby while it's still in the womb are all ways that can help establish a strong bond between a father and his baby.
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Sibling Bonding

Babies bonding with their older brother or sister is also important. Studies show that older children feel resentment to the newborn for stealing the attention, causing sibling rivalry. Bonding is shown to help with that resentment, and minimize sibling rivalry. Letting an older sibling help take care of the baby or hold it frequently is a great way to create a sibling bond. The baby will learn to look up to their older sister or brother, making them happy and comfortable with each other.
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Effects Of Not Bonding

There are serious effects to a baby if their primary caregiver does not form a bond with them. Studies show that not bonding with a baby can lead them to have social, emotional, and physical development problems later in life. Here's why:

When babies are first born, they lack a certain amount of oxytocin, also known as the 'love' hormone. Oxytocin is needed within babies to continue developing their brain. It is stimulated by skin-to-skin contact, but mothers also transfer it through breastfeeding. If oxytocin is not provided, the stress can cause an over development in cortisol, a stress hormone. This hormone is known to cause elevated responses in blood pressure in heart rate, leading to possible heart attacks later in life.

Not bonding with a child can also lead to depression, because the child never felt emotionally fulfilled, leading to withdrawal from society, lack in social development, and possibly suicide.

Attachment: Why is Bonding with Baby Important?

Baby Bonding from A-Z

This video aids in understanding the process of babies bonding with their caregivers, and touches on topics such as reading children's cues, spoiling, and the importance of bonding with a baby.

Bonding: Natural, or Not?

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/forming-a-bond-with-your-baby-why-it-isnt-always-immediate


This website will help families with a newborn understand why bonding isn't always immediate, and gives some tips as to how to stimulate a bond between parents and their baby.

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Sofia M.

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