Discovering your baby has developed a head shape flattening, sometimes called flat head syndrome, can catalyse a whirlwind of emotions, especially if you’re a first-time parent. Thankfully, much of this can be alleviated by finding the right treatment option for your baby and by focusing on bonding with your baby throughout the process. The first thing to say is that it’s NOT your fault! It’s so easy in the first few months, learning how to be a new parent, to feel like you’re on your own and wondering whether you’re doing the right thing for your baby. Not only does bonding help form a secure attachment, but it also aids your child’s development. So let’s take a look at the best ways to nurture the bond between you and your new little one.
How to Bond with Your Baby
If you can breastfeed, we would recommend you do. Alongside the nutritional benefits, the skin-to-skin contact, sound of your heartbeat and your scent help keep the two of you connected. However, if breastfeeding isn’t an option, you can still manage skin-to-skin contact during bottle-feeding while maintaining eye contact to bond with your baby. Feeding is a lovely way to soothe your baby if they are experiencing any unfamiliarity the first few days of treatment and also helps you to relax, which in turn relaxes your baby more… and the cycle goes on!
Wear Your Baby
When wearing your baby in a sling, they feel close to you, can hear your voice and heartbeat and feel safe and secure. A bonus is that slings are great for repositioning as they take the pressure off your baby’s head. When you wear your baby, it can be easy to be swept away by the rare opportunity of having two hands and the ability to finally get jobs done. This is understandable. Just make sure you chat to your baby and make eye contact while doing your jobs so that they feel safe and important to you.
Going to a baby massage class or learning how to do it at home has a number of bonding benefits for you and your baby! Alongside the advantages of skin-to-skin contact and aided development, your soothing touch will help them feel relaxed and happy. Why not try baby massage at bedtime to help your little one wind down?
Sing a Song
Singing to your baby will tap into their existing understanding of your role in their life. In fact, singing to babies is known to help them ease into a new transition, enhances language development and helps strengthen their listening skills. Additionally, the sound of your voice (in tune or otherwise) is very soothing for your baby.
Contrary to dated beliefs, it is impossible to spoil a baby. Babies aren’t capable of manipulation so when they bid for your care and attention they have a genuine need to be met. Always respond to your baby’s cries and attempts to connect to reassure them you are still there. A strong attachment to your baby will give them the confidence and security to be unfazed by transitions and new situations, whether that’s wearing their TiMBand for the first time or starting school later down the line.
We hope you feel more equipped when bonding with your baby and feel more relaxed about the TiMBand treatment. Within days, you and your baby will forget the helmet is even there! For more help and advice, read our blog posts or contact our friendly team.