Ways to Bond with Your Baby

By Joanne Bagshaw, Ilene Fox

Part of Baby Massage For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Bonding with your baby is very important to his development. You can improve your bond with your baby through physical contact — not just massage. Here are just a few suggestions to get you thinking:

  • Breastfeed your baby.

  • Co-sleep with your baby.

  • Wear your baby in a sling.

  • Hold and cuddle your baby frequently.

  • Avoid long separations.

  • Make eye contact.

  • Bathe with your baby.

  • Swim together.

  • Respond to your baby’s cries promptly and compassionately.