5 Gestures To Strengthen Your Bond With Your Baby

When you're a parent, you tend to forget how small gestures can have a huge impact on your relationship with your child. Yet these gestures are often the ones that matter most to babies and young children. A deep, reciprocal bond between you and your baby can take time. Find out how, as parents, you can strengthen this loving bond with your child on a daily basis.

Identify his landmarks and habits

Your baby has his own language for communicating his wants and needs. By observing his body language and listening to the various babbles and sounds he makes, you'll soon be able to decipher his signals.

Mouth noises and movements are usually a sign that your baby is hungry or needs to suck to be reassured. Crying can also mean many different things. Stay calm and take the time to listen to your baby. Find out what works and what doesn't when you try to comfort him. You'll soon find that your baby makes different sounds depending on whether he's hungry, tired or just needs to be changed.

Gain his trust

A father hugs his daughter
By reacting to your baby's signals and giving him love and security, you will gain his trust. Your baby will know that his needs are being met and that he's in good hands.

Once your baby trusts you and feels totally safe with you, you can help her learn to cope with the changes of everyday life.

Be consistent

By treating your baby with love and kindness, you let him know that he's safe with you.

Talk to your baby when you lift him, feed him or change his diaper. Tell him what you're doing, and he'll feel secure. It doesn't matter if he can't understand the words, he'll always find comfort in hearing your voice.

Interact with us

It's a mistake to think that too much presence will make your baby dependent or capricious. Your child needs all your love and a sense of security.

A mother holding her son

Children are the most precious of treasures, and parents love them unconditionally. Studies have shown that children who receive lots of love, attention and consistent support will be more physically, mentally, socially and emotionally stable later in life than children who experienced a deficit in early childhood. It's important to interact with children, to touch them, play with them or reassure them.

Take care of yourselves

There's no doubt that your baby means everything to you, but don't forget that you mean everything to him too. Make sure you take the time to eat a balanced diet, get some fresh air and rest whenever you can.

There will be times when you feel tired, slightly depressed or even anxious. It's important to know that you can count on someone close to you if you need help. Your emotional well-being will also have an impact on your baby. If you feel you're struggling to bond with your baby, talk to a healthcare professional for advice and support. Watch another baby slideshow.

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