You naturally develop an emotional bond with your baby 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
Respond to your newborn's crying. 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
Make eye contact with your baby frequently, such as during
feedings. 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.
Keep your baby warm, snug, and close to you. 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.
Smile, gently talk, nod, rock, and sing to your baby.
When your baby develops a strong emotional attachment to you, he or
she builds a foundation for establishing positive relationships throughout