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I've been a mom now for almost four years. In those four years, some of the times I've felt closest to my babies has been when I'm bathing them. There's something so intimate about caring for a small child, knowing that they rely on you for all of their needs. It's a powerful baby bonding experience.
Carefully scrubbing their soft skin…
…wrestling them into their jammies…
…and quietly cuddling them until they fall asleep.
Tips for Bathtime Baby Bonding
After four years of bathtime baby bonding, I've picked up a trick or two to help make the experience a truly positive one for my kids. In all honesty, it took me awhile to feel close to my first son after I had him (postpartum depression will do that to you!). But with some carefully-crafted one-on-one moments, the baby bonding started happening as his senses developed and my “mommy instincts” kicked in. I've felt completely confident in my mothering skills since I figured out a few tips to make my children feel at ease and more in tune with the world.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use bathtime to further baby bonding:
- Putting music on or singing during bathtime can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for visual imagery.
- Talking to baby during and after bathtime can help with language development and make baby bonding easier as they look to your voice for comfort.
- Playing with bubbles helps baby develop hand-eye coordination and spatial perception.
- Using pleasant scents at bathtime (lavender is my favorite) can increase baby bonding by improving mood and invoking emotion.
- Massaging baby leads to increased alertness and attentiveness. You can move their little limbs and soothe their muscles with lotion for baby bonding after their bath.
- Close contact with mom is shown to help calm baby's breathing and increase baby bonding. Post-bath cuddle time!
How do you encourage baby bonding?