10 Ways to Bond with your Unborn Child- Parents & Nannies in Miami, Miami Nanny Agency
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Bonding with your baby. As a first time mom and being exactly 29.5 weeks pregnant 🙂 I find myself trying to absorb every type of information with much excitement and eagerness. What I have learned along the way and from girlfriends who are already parents is that you want to study up on the basics, but try to resist the urge to find out about every little complication that could arise during your pregnancy. I think I have finally grasped the logic in do so. Just recently, I spent the whole afternoon researching Listeria online after guiltily eating a ham sandwich and still to this day have not recovered.
What I have finally accepted is that it is best to take this time to enjoy and marvel at your changing body and have a few laughs — parenting will be stressful enough with the added stressors one places on oneself. SO, with that in mind, and of course after reading all I can find in Google regarding prenatal language development LOL, I found these ways in including your unborn baby in your daily activities while providing an avenue for your little one to develop their language skills & processes, which is especially important in the last 10 weeks of your pregnancy. The new research suggests that babies began to absorb language when they are inside the womb during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy–the main message for new moms is that their babies are listening and learning and remembering during the last stages of pregnancy. Their brains do not wait for birth to start absorbing information (http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20130102/babies-learn-womb).
If you are not already doing so, try these out to bond with your unborn child:
- As you go from one activity in your day to another, talk to your baby as though he were right there in front of you, tagging along in your arms, a wrap, a stroller, etc. (In reality, he IS right there WITH you!
- When you feel a kick (perhaps in response to some of your communication above), touch your tummy and say “Oh, you like that, huh?” -or- “I’m right here, sweetie. Yes, mama’s here.” It’s all about communication and acknowledgement.
- Announce what you are doing as you go through your day. (Example: “Okay, let’s see what we’re making for lunch today. What would you like to eat? What are you in the mood for?”) Such a simple thing, and yet the feelings of fun and partnership that it creates provide a huge value for your baby!
- Play gentle, soothing music while you are going to sleep. If you play a special soft, relaxing music while you lay down to sleep every night with your baby, she WILL remember the music. It may not be a conscious memory where she can tell you why that music feels good to her (i.e. she “remembers” it in the womb), but she will gravitate towards it.
- When you feel the slightest butterfly feeling (as we do in the early, early months), touch your belly and talk to your baby. Let her know you felt it, and that you acknowledge her presence. It feels SO good to baby!
- At night, when you are going to sleep, touch and rub your belly, and talk to your baby. Talk about what you did or how it felt to have him with you all day. Talk about having a “wonderful night sleep, resting, growing, and feeling loved.”
- Sit and have quiet time with your baby. Just sit in your favorite chair, feet up, rubbing your tummy, and talking about whatever is in your heart.
- Play games! When your baby kicks, gently poke back. See if he will kick again in that same spot, kick in another spot, or wait until you become still, at which time he kicks again. Then talk about it, giggle, and continue playing. Some babies play hide-n-seek!
- What dad can do: When dad says “Hi!” to mom, he can reach down and touch mom’s belly and also say “Hi!” to baby too. The warm feeling that it creates in mom + the warm feeling that it creates in dad = warm fuzzies for baby! Doing this on a regular basis will create an automatic response for the baby. Dad’s voice will = warm fuzzies for baby, because that has been baby’s experience. What an awesome way for dad to start his relationship with the baby!
- Sitting down, close your eyes and place both hands on your belly. Breathe in and breathe out. Think about your baby. Visualize your baby playing, sucking on her thumb, smiling, knowing she is loved. Just feel love, warmth and peace as you place your hands on your belly. Feel the love in your heart, and intend that it fill your baby with love and peace. This will be a wonderful time for both of you!
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