5 Strategies to Build an Attachment with Your Baby
You can’t spoil an infant. During the first year of life, babies need lots of love, attention, support and security. You can smooth over a lot of the rough patches of parenting by showering your little one with love and creating a strong emotional attachment between you two. Here are some early strategies to build a lifelong attachment with your child.
1. Look at your baby during feedings – Feedings are intimate times for your child. They have very few needs, but all of them are serious. When mom or dad is tending to one of those needs, your baby understands the connection. Reinforce that feeling of security by gazing into your child’s eyes. This helps him associate you with safety and well-being.
2. Wear your baby – As much as you would love to sit on the couch and snuggle your little one, that’s not practical. You have things to do. Instead of plopping your babe in the swing or lounger, wear her around the house. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll develop a close bond with your baby while she’s regularly exposed to your breathing, voice and heartbeat. Plus, there’s some evidence that baby-wearing produces less anxious children.
3. Give a baby massage – Infant massages are becoming more popular as parents realize how effective they are at calming their children. They help lull overtired babies and have some success against colic. They are especially helpful for babies who haven’t learned to self-soothe yet. Anytime you can be the source of peace and relaxation for your child, you’ll reinforce that trust.
4. Respond to every sound – Babies begin to recognize language at a very young age. They understand the significance of a live voice over music or even voices coming from a radio or TV. Many of their early sounds are genuine attempts at communication. You can make your baby trust you and feel attached by responding to each sound as if it were understandable. When your babe makes one of those silly raspberry noises, reply with “Yes, I had a good day. How about you?”
5. Exploit your baby’s preferences – It only takes a few months before your baby will exhibit little personality quirks. Use these to your advantage. For example, if your baby likes it when you stroke the top of her foot, do it often. By repeating her favorite behavior, you’ll make mom’s arms a special place.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and not to give professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor about any questions you may have regarding your child’s health and before following any of the suggestions in this post.