How Can You Strengthen Your Bond with Baby?
"The more time mothers spend with their babies early on, the quicker mom and baby get to know each other, and the more confident they feel," Crenshaw says. In the early months, holding your infant skin to skin or "wearing" him in a sling or front carrier as much as possible is a wonderful way to help him make the transition from womb to outside world. When your baby is nestled against your chest, he can smell your scent and hear your heartbeat -- both important in the bonding process. Focusing on him without distraction is the best way to get to know his individual quirks, patterns, and style. Above all, trust your own intuition. No book or friend's advice can replace the wisdom and insights you develop as you bond with your unique baby.