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Health Tip: Bonding With Your New Baby

Suggestions to connect with your newborn

(HealthDay News) -- Caring for a tiny new being can be daunting at first, but new parents should concentrate immediately after birth on creating a strong bond between parent and child.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Each parent should spend time holding baby directly against the skin.
  • Gently rub or stroke baby's skin in various motions.
  • Try some gentle infant massage techniques. You can learn how from a book, or from your pediatrician.
  • Talk, sing, coo or babble to your baby, so the infant gets used to the sound of your voice.
  • Listen to relaxing music together.
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