Having a baby can be a joyous experience, but their lack of communication skills can make middle-of-the-night crying a major frustration. But just because your baby cannot yet use their words to communicate doesn’t mean that you cannot bond or communicate with them in other ways.
The following are five no-fail tips to help you bond with your infant.
1. Use baby sign language.
Many doctors have been advocating the use of baby sign language for years as a way to communicate and bond with your child. Specialists have stated that you can start to teach your baby sign language around the six-month mark, and this can be a great way to get them to start communicating their needs, wants and feelings with you. Teaching your child a sign for more can help you learn when they’re hungry, for example. Plus, many specialists have said that children who learn to sign at a young age can be beneficial to their language development and even help them to do better in school.
One of the ultimate ways for a mother to bond with her baby is through breastfeeding. Not only is breastfeeding the preferred choice of nutrients for a baby, but the time spent doing so can bring a certain level of closeness between you and your child. Not only are you guaranteeing that you’ll be holding your child close for a certain length of time throughout the day, but your child will also start to see you as a form of comfort and nurturing, and this bond can last forever.
3. Read them a book.
Taking time out of your day to read your child a story is a great way to bond with them. You will be sitting closely with your child for the duration of the book, and they’ll be hooked on your every word. Plus, doing so will also allow you to teach your baby to start to enjoy books at a young age, and this can be very beneficial in their development.
Snuggling with your baby is another great way to bond. You can choose to snuggle on the couch, on the floor, on the bed wherever snuggling seems to happen. Find a comfy blanket and a comfy pillow, and make sure that you and your child are laying comfortably together in a safe place. The comfort of your bodies close to one another will be a soothing and nurturing experience for both of you. Just make sure that you don’t fall asleep with your child, as you run the risk of rolling on top of them.
5. Talk to them.
Another great way to bond with your baby is to talk to them. Even though they cannot talk back, your child will love listening to your voice, and they’ll enjoy hearing the different sounds that you make. You can also help to strengthen their language development by narrating what you’re doing or by pointing to objects and telling your child the name of the object. You’ll be surprised at the vocabulary your child has when they do start to talk if you’ve been talking to them throughout infancy.