Pregnancy Tips: Bonding with Your Unborn Baby
Lots of parents-to-be ask, “How can I bond with my baby in the womb?” A huge amount of natural bonding will take place as your baby grows – without you having to consciously do anything at all. You’ll find that you often touch and massage your belly without even being aware of it. You’re already showing your baby love and affection. However, you can take a few extra steps to bond with baby while he/she is in the womb. It’s also a great way to make your husband and (if you have them) other children feel involved in the pregnancy.
Here’s a Few to Try:
- Read, talk and sing to your baby. During the second trimester of pregnancy, the nervous system develops rapidly. From around 23 weeks pregnant, hearing develops and Baby will be able to hear your heartbeat, your stomach working, and your voice. Talking and singing to your baby will help to build a stronger attachment once he or she finally makes an appearance. Check out our review of some great pregnancy music here.
- Involve your partner and family. Your connection with your baby is deeply physical for obvious reasons. But bonding with the baby while he or she is in the womb is just as important for other members of the family. Especially Dad-to-Be and older siblings. Tell your partner when Baby is kicking and encourage him to feel the movements. Encourage him to massage and talk to your belly (it sounds strange at first but is lots of fun!). Get your older children to tell their little brother or sister about their day, give advice, or sing a funny nursery rhyme.
- Buy a baby heartbeat monitor and enjoy listening to and talking with your baby.
- Respond to Baby’s movements. Whenever Baby kicks (or somersaults!) just let him or her know you’re there with a gentle rub and a few words.
- Take advantage of the “nesting instinct” and create a wonderful environment for your baby – all the while talking to him or her about your plans and dreams.
- Make “me time” each day for bonding with your baby. You could do this by lighting some candles and soaking in a warm bath, meditating, massaging your belly, or in a hundred other days. Life is busy but taking the time to enjoy your pregnancy and dream with your baby is important. Click here for our advice on taking “me time” during your pregnancy.
Do you have a tip for bonding with your unborn baby?
If you’ve got another way of bonding with baby in the womb that we haven’t thought of, we’d love to hear from you! Either post in the comments section below or send a private message through our contact us page. We’re super friendly and we always reply!
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Have you and your partner sorted out prenatal classes yet? They help both of you feel closer to your baby and take the fear and mystery out of the birth process. Find out about some of the options here.
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