As a new parent you want to make the most of these special times. It is important that you take these early opportunities to bond with your child.
Immediately after birth, you should ask to have your child placed on your chest or abdomen. Not only is this a momentous moment for you as a mother, but it helps your baby to adjust to the new world it has entered. If you choose to breast feed, you should start doing so as soon as possible. Feeding is an excellent time to bond with your new baby.
“Remember that skin-to-skin contact is soothing and a source of warmth, both of which help your child recognize you as their mother and caregiver.”
Another critical activity in your child’s development and bonding is face-to-face interaction. Babies have clear eyesight at a distance of 8-12 inches and are very in-tune with facial expressions. Get close and be expressive when interacting with your baby. Be sure to talk and sing to you child frequently. And remember that skin-to-skin contact is soothing and a source of warmth, both of which help your child recognize you as their mother and caregiver.