You naturally develop an emotional bond with your newborn simply by spending time together, being physically close, and responding to his or her cues. Although the bond does not require special planning, keep the following in mind.
Newborn babies cannot act with forethought, so they are not capable of being manipulative. You will not spoil your baby when you respond promptly and lovingly to his or her crying. In fact, when you quickly satisfy your baby's physical and emotional needs, he or she learns that the world is a safe and predictable place.
For example, make eye contact when you feed your baby. Babies love to look at your face and eyes. When you cuddle your baby in the crook of your arm, you are about the perfect distance for your baby to see you well.
Close physical contact with your baby promotes your mutual attachment by making your newborn feel secure. You may want to use a supportive front pack or similar carrying device to keep your baby close to you. You can also swaddle or wrap your baby in a blanket to create a comforting, womb-like feeling. When you swaddle your baby, keep the blanket loose around the hips and legs. If the legs are wrapped tightly or straight, hip problems may develop.
When your baby develops a strong emotional attachment to you, he or she builds a foundation for establishing positive relationships throughout life.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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