Bump Bonding

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 11.04.02 AMBetween conception and birth, you will spend nine months living in close quarters with your unborn child. Make the most of that time with simple bonding exercises to bring your family closer together before you meet face to face.

Bones develop in babies’ ears around 16 weeks, and by week 24, they are completely formed. In fact, a little further down the line around week 25, your baby may actually start responding to your voice, giving you a bit of a nudge when you speak.

Consider this a golden opportunity to introduce your little one to your voice and tell her how much you’re looking forward to meeting her. If you’re not sure what to say, try reading a story, singing songs, or talking about your hopes and dreams. After you give birth, she’ll recognize your tone, helping you build a stronger bond from day one.

Peek-a-Boo

When your pregnancy is further along and you can feel your baby moving, grab a flashlight and try a game of peek-a-boo. No, your baby cannot see you, but if you shine a flashlight into your belly, you may get a response once baby’s eyes have developed. Some babies follow the light, while others may push on mom’s belly in response. If your baby is feeling shy, he might avoid the light. Try another time or move on to something different.

Happy Touch

A prenatal massage from a certified professional may be just the thing for sore pregnancy muscles, but did you know massage can also be a good way to bond with your unborn baby?

Go beyond the casual belly rub with a gentle massage of your baby bump. It’s a great way to introduce your baby to touch. This works best for mothers-to-be who are further along when the baby is larger and able to respond, but belly touch early creates a sense of connection.

Tap Your Feet

Music can have a profound effect on your mood, and when you are pregnant, the better you feel the better baby feels. Unborn babies respond to music, so play music to your belly—put on your favorites or try a soothing collection of classical tunes.

Whatever you are passionate about, share it with your unborn child. Soon you’ll be a family, and those early days of bonding lay a great foundation for the future.

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