Bonding with Baby

Pregnancy is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, but it can fly by, even when you’re anxious to hold that little one!  And when every pregnancy is different, mamas often want to make sure they take the time to appreciate and remember each one. It can be hard to wrap your brain around bonding with your unborn child, but the benefits and memories that come from it are priceless!  We’re here to help you figure out bonding with baby–before birth!

 

Write It Down

Journaling your pregnancy is a great way to take some time and dedicate it toward appreciating your pregnancy and the little human you’re growing!  Most pregnancy journals offer prompts for you to write about the way you feel, things you learned at your appointments, and things baby does like kick or hiccup!  For more on starting a pregnancy journal, you can read our blog here!  

 

Bump Photos

First and foremost, you’ll love seeing the progression of your pregnancy through weekly bump photos!  When you look back, you’ll love remembering when you thought your bump was huge at 15 weeks, but had no idea what 38 weeks would look like!

But not only for fun memories, the bump photos will be a reminder to take some time and appreciate the growth of your little one!  You’ll love marveling at how much they’ve grown each week, and what exciting development they’ve made inside your belly!

Keep Sonograms on Hand

Whether you keep them framed on your desk, a prominent shelf, or on your fridge, be sure to keep baby’s sonograms nearby!  They’ll be constant reminders that your bump is housing a real tiny human!  This is a huge way continue bonding with baby as they grow–seeing their features form, and watching to see any resemblances between you and your partner!

 

Talk to Baby

Spending time throughout the day checking in with Baby is a wonderful way to bond with your sweet one!  Alternate between telling them sweet things, reading them stories, and singing to them–especially once those little ears have developed!  You’ll love knowing you’re creating a connection between them and your voice, and plenty of studies have been done that it increases cognitive abilities!

 

Respond to Baby’s Kicks

Similarly to checking in with baby by talking, singing, or reading, responding to their little kicks is another great way to bond with your growing little one!  Try nudging them back, massaging your belly, or having a quick chat in response! It will make your little one feel more real to have a “conversation” in this sweet way.

Mama, no matter how you choose to start bonding with baby, it’s such an important connection to form!  Not only will you love having the time to appreciate the journey that is pregnancy, but you’ll be forming such a strong connection for when Baby arrives!  It will make that first touch even more incredible. Congratulations, Mama!