Bonding with Your Baby

Stick Together

3. Stick together. A 2005 study from the department of pediatrics at the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, in Cleveland, Ohio, recommends moms and babies stay together in the first hours and days after delivery as much as possible -- even if Mom doesn't feel a connection with the baby. "Rooming in at the hospital is certainly one way to encourage bonding," says Dr. Brown.

Going home from the hospital marks the opportunity to make your baby part of your world. Try bunking there too. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends having your baby sleep in your room in a bassinet or crib to help you pick up on her cues sooner. The AAP advises against letting baby sleep in your bed, which is a leading factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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