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3 Tips to Bond with Your Baby

3 Tips to Bond with Your Baby

3 Tips to Bond with Your Baby

3 Tips to Bond with Your Baby

For some women, falling in love with the little baby growing inside you is a given. For others, it takes a little more time or intentionality. Some moms-to-be have a hard time connecting with a little life that they cannot touch or see, especially in the early days (but sometimes later in the process, too). So whether it was love at the first glimpse of those parallel pink lines, or you’re still building your relationship, here are some ideas to deepen the connection.

Talk to your baby

While medical science debates whether baby can actually hear you through all that amniotic fluid, talking to your baby is a great way for you to forge a bond with your bump. And let’s be honest, your baby is the perfect captive audience! You can tell your baby about his or her siblings (the dog counts), offer your take on the day’s major headlines, or even reveal that you’re actually a little (or a lot) scared of childbirth. Talking to your bump is a great way to make baby feel more tangible and “real.” There’s no reason you have to wait 9 months to start developing your relationship.

Create a habitat

Another way to connect with your baby-to-be is to create a special place for him or her in your home. Whether you live in the ‘burbs and have an entire suite to plan out, or you’re a city dweller whose baby will sleep in a converted sunroom, creating a space for baby can be a great source of catharsis and connection. If you or your partner loved nature as a child, you may want to fill the nursery with (non-toxic!) houseplants. If a sense of adventure is important to your family, you could include postcards or maps of the places you’ve been or hope to go together. Creating a nursery offers a fun opportunity to picture baby’s personality and create a space that’s designed just for them.

Dream big (or small) with your partner

Amidst the baby shower and baby prep, don’t forget to take a little time with your partner to talk about your hopes and dreams for your little one. A great way to connect with baby is to picture him or her in your life and think about the future you’ll have together. You can start small — what experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? What about when baby gets a little older? Some parents look forward to the little things, like pushing their 6-month-old in a swing for the first time, or helping baby experience the sand and the ocean. Others can’t wait to take a big trip and introduce baby to family that lives halfway around the world. Envisioning specific moments with baby can strengthen your bond and help your partner connect, too.

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