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The bond between a mother and her child is unlike anything else. One of the best things about this bond is that it starts in the womb. You heard me right. You can start bonding with your baby from the moment you find out you’re pregnant! There’s no time like the present to get started on forming the special relationship between mother and child. If you are struggling with finding ways to bond with your baby during pregnancy don’t worry. I’m going to share 10 tips here to help get you started.
Read to them – One of my favorite ways to bond with a baby during pregnancy is by reading to them. Babies start to recognize their mother’s voice while still in the womb. So, grab a few children’s books and read to your belly every night before bed. Here is a list of my favorite children’s books to help you build your collection. If children’s books aren’t exactly your style right now you can also read aloud your favorite book or magazine articles. I did this with my daughter starting in my first trimester. It was my favorite part of the day. She is now 6 months old and this is still something we love doing every evening before bed.
Play music – It doesn’t matter if you play children’s music, classical music, or your favorite tunes. Just pick a beat and play it loud. Your baby will love it! The gentle vibrations from the sound of the music will soothe them. You know what else soothes your baby? The sound of your voice! So, this is the perfect excuse to sing along. Your baby doesn’t care if you are the next Beyonce or not. The sound of your voice is their favorite noise and they will think you are right on key.
Give them a nickname – One of my favorite pregnancy moments was naming my daughter. However, before we found out the gender and named her we gave her a nickname. It was a great way for my husband and I to bond with her while she was still in the womb. Finding a nickname for our baby made my pregnancy feel more personal. She stopped being just a “baby” and became ours. It’s amazing how much closer you can feel to your unborn baby just by giving them a name.
Nest away – It’s natural for moms to feel the urge to nest during pregnancy. I say give in to those urges! Go shopping for your baby. Wash and put away their clothes. Decorate the nursery until your heart is content. Pack your hospital bags as early as you want to. It’s so exciting to prepare for the moment when you get to bring your little one home. It’s also a great way to bond with your unborn baby. While you are nesting imagine what life will be like with your newborn. Don’t forget to chat away with your growing baby and talk to them about what you are doing. They will love getting to hear from their mama!
Write a letter – I love the idea of writing a letter to your unborn child. Share with them all of the details of your pregnancy, what you are looking forward to, and your hopes for their future. Emotions run strong during pregnancy so don’t hold back. Put all of your thoughts down on paper. Then, seal your letter up in an envelope to give to your child when they are older. It will be a very touching moment when your child gets to look back on this time in your life later on.
Respond to movements – Every mother anxiously awaits the feeling of her baby’s first kick. It’s one of the most exciting moments of pregnancy. Once you feel that first kick the rest just pour in. So, use those movements to have a conversation with your baby. It’s an excellent way to bond during pregnancy! When your baby kicks or nudges you gently push back. They will love getting that response from their mama. It’s likely that they will continue to play by moving back. This can easily turn into a fun game for mama and baby during pregnancy.
Get an ultrasound – Having a little sneak peak at the baby growing inside of you is a great opportunity to bond with them. It makes this surreal experience that you are going through just a little bit more tangible. Typically, you will receive a growth ultrasound around 20 weeks. However, sometimes you just need to check in on your little one more frequently. There are many clinics that offer 3D or 4D ultrasounds. Head to one in your area for a quick bonding session with your love bug. You may even get to see a sweet moment like them sucking their thumb.
Start a pregnancy journal – I have shared before that I am a huge fan of journaling. Putting your thoughts and emotions to paper is so good for the soul. Share the good and the bad of your pregnancy. Get all of the thoughts and emotions out of your head and process them by putting them in your journal. It’s a great way for you to connect with your pregnancy. Bonus points if you say those thoughts out loud for your baby to hear while writing!
Try meditation – Have you tried meditation before? If not, this is the perfect time to start. Meditation is an excellent way to relax and connect to the baby growing inside of you. Go into a quiet space and place your hands on your belly while you relax. Use this time to process all of the thoughts and emotions you are having regarding your baby. This is also a great opportunity to dream about the future you will share with your little one.
Massage your bump – Many women use oils and lotions to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. There isn’t any proof that they will actually prevent stretch marks, but it sure doesn’t hurt to try. I like to also think of this as a great opportunity to bond with your unborn baby. Give your belly a gentle massage while rubbing in your oils and lotions. It is a very calming and relaxing experience. You may even get a few thank you kicks back from your little one.