A natural instinct that has been programmed such that mothers and infants have a love and intimacy experienced through early and healthy attachment called newborn attachment. The joy you experience as you connect with your infant can not be overemphasized. It goes a long way in understanding and learning how to care for your baby and the neurological development of the child. The bonding process releases hormones in your body that motivates you, give you energy, and as a result makes you feel happy. However,creating a secure attachment with your infant is not a onetime thing because it does not happen in a day. It is a continuous relationship between both. This may take a little effort but it results in a secure attachment.
Attachment or bonding is the deep emotional relationship between newborn and primary caregiver. Bonding should begin from birth. It strengthens the relationship and provides a good foundation for a child. These include trust, independence, and a sense of security which promotes social, emotional and physical growth.
It involves sharing and interaction and connection between two people. This attachment of child to mother occurs naturally. When caring for a baby they tend to respond back. Moreover, consistent and prompt care should be rendered to your child as required. This include cuddling when crying, petting, constant change of diaper, etc. Above all, it brings a sense of love, belonging and trust in children. Resulting in knowing your baby well, thus relieving stress on mother as well as the baby.
Quick response to a baby’s cries is the best way to show them that they are safe and loved. It should not be confused with “spoiling”. Babies cannot be spoiled. More attention should be granted when they’re sick, upset or distressed.
Here are ways to promote bonding from infancy
- Early initiation of breast feeding after birth.
- Regular touching, cuddling, and rocking
- Carrying, lifting, ensuring regular eye contact and smile
- Breastfeeding at demand and respond to cry
- Singing and talking to them
- Acting consistently to their distress with warmth
- Talk softly and sing for your baby
- Avoid sudden separation if necessary
The success of this nonverbal communication process between you and your baby brings about secure and healthy attachment.
Is newborn attachment important?
Yes, secure attachment is essential for long term emotional health.
Healthy attachment will help your child handle situations as they grow older. such as separating from you (starting child care or school), cooperating with other children, and developing self-control and a sense of security. Also, it helps your child learn how to trust other people and maintain emotional balance. Thus, developing healthy relationships later in life.
Tips to achieve secure bonding and newborn attachment
Learn to understand your baby’s unique signal.
Each baby has a unique personality and preference. Some babies might be soothed by noise and activity whereas others might prefer calm and quiet. The key is to understand your baby cues and respond to them accordingly.
- Watch your baby’s facial expressions and body movements for clues about their sensory needs.
- Become familiar with the kinds of sounds your baby makes and what these sounds mean
- Pay attention to the kinds of movements, sounds, and environments your baby enjoys.
- Feed adequately on demand
- Talk, laugh, and play with your infant
The most important thing you can do as a parent is to be aware of the significance of touch, attention, consistency and your own physical and mental health, especially during your child’s first year. This doesn’t mean constant 24/7 togetherness, but prompt and warm response. Help can be sought when needed. Nevertheless, bonding is not limited to mother or primary caregiver only, father can as well play the roles.
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