Connecting with your baby takes time, so to take full advantage of any parental leave or flexible working arrangements available to you.
As a general rule, getting involved in the daily care of your baby – dressing, settling, playing, feeding, bathing and nappy changing – is the best way to build your connection as well as your parenting skills and confidence.
Neuroscientists have shown that when parents and children interact, their limbic systems (the emotional part of the brain), actually resonate and adjust to each other. This means that after a while both you and your baby become attuned to the presence of the other. You become connected.
Skin to skin contact is critical from day one. Oxytocin, often referred to as the bonding chemical, is released during skin contact.
Babies have a preference for the human face, and eye contact in particular. Babies can only see clearly about 30cm in front of them, so:
Learning starts early, many say it starts even before birth. Every time you interact with your child you are helping them to develop new connections in their brain.
Studies have shown that parents who are responsive to their infant’s cries and needs help them develop to better communication and language skills.
Babies love, crave and need motion and movement. They love to be held, lightly bounced and jiggled and there is good reason for this. Movement helps infants develop everything from their brains to their sense of balance.
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