The bonding process is an important part of the relationship between a parent and an infant. Bonding is an intense attachment. Bonding is what makes parents want to protect, nourish, and love their infant. The bonding process is, in many ways, a very natural occurrence. Still, there are some important things that a parent, whether it is the mother or the father, can do to start the bonding process with their infant.
One thing to keep in mind when thinking about how to start the bonding process with your infant is the fact that infants are usually ready, almost immediately once they are born, to bond. Babies instinctually look to someone else for physical and emotional needs. Parents, on the other hand, may have a harder time, and may have to work a bit at bonding.
There are some specific types of bonding activities that you can do as a parent to start the bonding process with your infant. Being involved in labor and delivery is the very first opportunity that parents have to bond with their infant. The next sort of bonding opportunity that occurs is feeding. Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding, the process of feeding can be a true bonding process between the parent and their infant.
There are other activities you can engage in to start the bonding process with your infant. You can read to your infant, for example. Many parents bond with their infant by singing to them. You might share a shower or a bath with your baby. Sometimes, just sitting with your baby, and mirroring or mimicking your infant’s movements and noises can help with the bonding process. Allowing your baby to touch you, such as feeling the father’s beard or touching the mother’s hair can be an component of the bonding process, as well.
If you are having difficulties with starting the bonding process with your infant, you should consider speaking with your health care provider. It is possible that you are experiencing post partum depression, or that there is some other situation that might be making the bonding process especially difficult for you.