It is also important to take time to bond with your baby. Babies are extremely sociable and have a strong need to be close to their parents. Holding, smiling, and talking to your baby will help them to feel secure and loved. When babies feel secure, they release a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone supports their brain growth, helping them to be happy babies and confident children and adults.
We have included a few tips below to help you start bonding with your baby:
The tips above will also increase your oxytocin release, which will help you to feel calm and happy too.
For more information on bonding and responsive parenting, please watch Solent NHS Trust’s short video on responsive feeding: https://vimeo.com/555588759