Bonding with baby

From the moment your baby is born, holding your newborn, talking to your baby, and being very attentive to all your babies needs, is crucial for the proper development of the infant’s brain. The amount of interaction you have with your infant will determine the quantity of neurons for baby’s proper development.

You can help produce a “healthier” baby by the amount of interaction you have with your infant and being attentive to his/her needs. Furthermore, if baby is loved, feels secure, and has plenty of happy, and healthy interaction with you, then baby will develop the proper amount of neurons in their brain.

The primary care provider of the baby will be the one that has the most influence on the child as the infant grows, and develops through their developmental stages. For the infant to grow emotionally and be physically healthy and well-adjusted, you should be very attentive to your baby’s needs through all the appropriate and timely interaction for each stage of your baby’s development.

Interacting with baby 

Babies need to hear you talk, babies love looking at faces, and seeing facial expressions. Communicate with baby, make eye contact, and lots of interaction appropriate for their age level and progress, with age-appropriate stimulation and sensory motor development, for the baby’s many different developmental stages. By interacting and responding to your baby’s every need, you are building a strong bond that helps build baby’s healthy brain development.

Holding baby, looking at the infant, talking, singing, or playing music while you are cradling the baby or maybe as you rock baby in a rocking chair, or while walking around, or even rocking baby back and forth in your arms all builds on the sensory motor development that is crucial to baby’s brain development.

Interacting, and being there for your baby is key to producing a connection with your infant. Even if you aren’t the mother, but maybe the father, or another caregiver, this information applies to you as well for building healthy, and loving attachments with baby.

The person who spends the most time with baby will be the one whom the infant wants to go to most often because of the survival instincts, thereby creating a bond because the baby is needy and needs the parent’s, or care-giver’s help in order to survive. Therefore the infant will grow close to the primary care provider out of necessity for survival and for security purposes, even if that caregiver is neglectful or abusive. Building healthy, loving and attentive interaction with baby will produce a strong bond that will be very beneficial for babies well being and healthy development.

Even more, by responding to all of your baby’s cues, you are teaching baby that he/she can depend on you. The baby learns that he/she can trust that you will be there, and baby will feel comfortable, and more relaxed by knowing you are there for him/her. The infant will progress through their many stages knowing that he/she can trust you, and depend on you.

Being attentive to baby 

By appropriately responding to your baby’s needs, the infant will experience less stressful experiences in his/her life because he/she know that you are there for them when needed. He/she also learns to become more independent for exploring their world because of that sense of security. In addition, it teaches the infant/child how to cope better in stressful situations by you being attentive to their needs and in building a strong bond of trust and love with your infant throughout the many developmental stages.

When baby’s needs are met baby grows up trusting his/her world and by building that bond with baby, he/she will choose to have a better and healthier relationships with people that come into their life; even more, because of learning from experience what a healthy, loving, secure, and dependable relationship was from start.

Building that solid, supportive, loving, caring, and trust building relationship with baby is crucial in the first two years of that baby’s life for the proper amount of neurons to grow, thereby giving baby a healthier brain for further concrete healthy development.

It’s all about being there for your baby. When parents, or other caregivers are attentive to baby and meet all baby’s needs, the connection you have with baby becomes a strong bond. The primary care provider that loves baby helps baby build healthy neurons in the brain, and shapes baby’s understanding for the future, and in that future to experience good relationships with people. Furthermore, by being attentive to baby’s needs and cues, you allow a silent form of understanding to take place.

By reading baby’s cues for diaper changes, feeding, naps, or baby’s want of closeness with you, and responding to all of baby’s cues than you are building a trusting, and secure bond with your infant.

In addition, by understanding your baby’s cues and responding to them you build a solid healthy and secure bond of love, and trust. Thereby, the child learns that he/she can trust you and feel safe (secure) with you, which is important for developing a healthy child.

Fun things to do with baby 

Age-appropriate toys and interaction for development of fine motor skills is a must in order to produce a well-adjusted child and future adult. In addition, healthy connections that stimulate the baby’s learning, and growing process has everything to do with the amount of attention the baby is getting from the person/people that are with baby for the majority of the day/primary care provider(s). Babies need plenty of stimulation to transmit normal cell growth, thereby building neurons in their brain which are crucial for the proper development of baby’s brain and physical development.

Playing games with baby is a fun way to build motor sensory skills in your baby. Any interaction you have with baby is adding and building brain cells in your baby’s brain, which helps your baby to become smarter and understand more of your cues. Babies can learn from eye contact with you in regards to their own identity. Just by looking at you produces neurons.

Hold a mirror up to baby and let baby see himself. Play peek-a-boo games with baby, sing songs to baby, read to baby, talk to baby, hold baby, love baby, and be very attentive to baby’s needs, and feelings, which all adds to the safe and secure feeling baby needs to have. It also helps build the strong bond with baby, and parent / caregiver.

Playing patty cake and talking to your child while making eye contact are all helpful ways at building closeness and a loving attachment with your infant.

Comfort, and closeness

If your baby is colicky, tense, or just cries a lot, try massaging your baby’s back, arms, legs, feet to sooth baby. A back scratch is also something babies enjoy while resting against your chest or arms.

For parents who are strapped for time and have more than one child to care for, if you are looking for ways to help build the closeness with baby on limited time, try a sling. That way you can still cook or clean while having baby feeling comfortable close to you while you busy yourself doing things with free arms and hands to get some things done. Baby will feel secure hearing your heart beat and hearing your voice as you go through your routine. Another way is carrying young children around on your hip. They love this and will crave the close interaction with you as you walk around doing things. Nothing’s much better then hugs and kisses too.

Connecting with your baby is always about being loving, and attentive to baby’s needs which will help produce the healthy brain development necessary for building on the baby’s/child’s future for becoming well-adjusted and having a good healthy life.