Touch makes you baby feel nurtured, protected and safe in his new environment. Fostering your new born can enhance her physical and emotional development and it is highly beneficial to do activities to create more opportunities for “touch time” with your baby.
Not only is this an excellent way of bonding with your baby, but personal touch has been linked to reducing stress, lowering blood pressure as well as generating feel-good hormones such as Oxytocin. Various studies revealed that personal touch for babies is just as essential for overall health and growth as nutrition.
These activities can provide the perfect opportunity for increasing touch time with your baby:
- Carrying your baby in a baby carrier or sling at home while you’re catching up on household chores. It is highly soothing and relaxing for a baby to move around with you, hearing your voice and feeling your heartbeat.
- When you’re bathing your baby, gently massage her legs and arms and while bathing her, introduce her to various textures such as a facecloth, foam from baby wash on her tummy, placing the soap bar in her hands and dropping water droplets on her tiny legs.
- After bath time, gently lay baby on a changing mat and gently rub baby aqueous cream all over her body while laughing, talking and smiling.
- Swaddling and holding your baby just before lying her down for a nap or feeding times. Swaddling has been known to mimic the feeling a baby experienced while still in your womb and helps them feeling calm and relaxed.
Many people may say that holding your baby too much can spoil them, but this is simply not true. Babies feel most secured and safe when they are held closely, cuddled and being nurtured, especially if you can do this with skin to skin contact. They will only be this tiny for so long and before you know it, they’ll be all grown up and spreading their wings. So, make every minute count.