It can be hard to find ways to connect with your baby especially if you’ve had a C-section and been told that bonding is harder to do this way. But that’s absolute nonsense. In fact, here are some super easy and fun ways to make the bonding experience come naturally for you and your little human:
Easy ways to connect with your baby
Use lots of colour
And infant’s visual centre in their brains develop through visual stimulation, and with colour, everything is just easier. It’s essential to surround your baby with light and dark contrasting colours and interesting visuals when you want to connect with your baby. You can also colour with your baby to engage play with them. Strap them into their high chair and lay down some crayons and paper. Show them how to use the crayons and just allow the fun to unfold.
Try infant massage
Infant massage is great for relieving gas and colic, but the benefits go far beyond just that. When you massage your baby, you’re communicating with them on a non-verbal level. A gentle touch allows infants to develop trust, confidence and familiarity with their parents.
Join a class
It’s great for you and your baby to get out of the house now and then. This gives you the opportunity to meet other moms with babies and participate in activities you all enjoy. Be sure to keep your baby’s schedule (like nap and feeding times) in mind when signing up for a class though. Some great ideas include mom and baby yoga classes, music classes like Kindermusik or baby swimming lessons.
Take your baby to see the world
You can head outdoors, to the grocery store, or just take your baby on a tour of your backyard. It doesn’t matter where you take them, as long as you make a point of it to show them a variety of things. Explain to them where you are, what they’re touching or what they’re hearing. We promise, your baby will love a private tour!
Soak it up
Taking a relaxing bath with your baby is great for both of you. The chilled out experience is also one of the best ways to end a hectic day. Try playing some soothing music or singing to your baby as you take a warm bath together. If your baby is up for a game, add some bath toys and bubbles to the mix. It doesn’t matter if you’re just relaxing or playing together, it’s still a great bonding experience.