In the first few months, you and your baby are getting to know each other and are developing your new relationship. Taking the time to bond is one of the most important aspects in strengthening your connection with your baby - and one of the most important times to do this is right before they go to sleep!
Our bonding tips
Incorporating a few key steps into your nighttime routine will be the way to your baby's heart. Here are our 5 tips for bedtime bonding..
#1: Have skin to skin contact
Whether bottle or breast feeding, nighttime feeds right before bed can promote bonding and strengthen you and your baby’s new relationship. Make sure that during this time, you are getting as much skin to skin contact with your baby as possible. Your smell, heartbeat and touch provide reassurance and a sense of calmness for your little one, and will help them drift off into a deeper, calmer sleep.
#2: Make eye contact
During feeding times or when rocking your little one before bed, make sure that you are getting as much eye contact as possible. This allows your baby to learn who you are and associate you with feeling safe and comfortable.
#3: Talk to your baby
Incorporate your voice into your nighttime routine. Even though your baby is not able to understand the words that you are saying, your voice will allow her to familiarize herself with you and will bring her a sense of reassurance and safety when she hears your voice. Learning your voice will also help calm her when she wakes in the middle of the night, and knowing you’re near will help soothe her.
- Include a lullaby in your bedtime routine
- Read your baby a story before bed
#4: Learn about baby massage
Who knew? Giving your baby a massage is a great way to bond and - there are many health benefits for your little one as well.
Studies have shown that massaging your baby….
- Helps promote better sleeping
- Helps relieve symptoms of colic
- Enhances your baby’s immune system
#5: Get the right sleepwear
- Gentle weight mimics your touch
- Teaches babies to self-soothe
- Settle easier after wake ups
- Provides a sense of comfort, even when you can’t be near.
- Better sleep in 1-3 nights
Sweeter Sleep Story
My daughter began to sleep on her side around 3 months and I was so afraid she would roll over! I knew I needed to get a sleep sack and so I researched them in depth. I’m so happy we ended up using the Nested Bean. It took her about a week or so to get used to it (she had never slept with a sleep sack before) but now we can’t go anywhere without it! My daughter is big for her age and grows out of things quickly, so I’m thankful there is such a nice weight range per size! My only regret is not getting the swaddle when she was a baby, and not ordering more sleep sacks! Thank you Nested Bean!
- Avery B., 2/2/2019
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