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Bonding with your Preterm Baby

Bonding with your Preterm Baby

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One of the greatest joys of parenting is bonding with your baby. If your baby is born prematurely, bonding becomes little difficult, as your baby needs to spend some time in the intensive care unit. Initially, you might get nervous or might feel like you might not be able to bond with your baby ever. However, do not lose hope, as although bonding might take some time, it is definitely possible.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Tips that will Help you to Bond with your Premature Baby

No matter how long your baby needs to stay in intensive care unit, you can still bond with him or her. Following tips will help you.

You don’t have to worry if you are not able to bond with your baby immediately. Bonding with a premature baby might require longer time. All you need to do at this time is to stay positive.

  • Try to know the team that will care for your baby. This will help you get closer with your baby. For example, even though your baby is inside a crib, touching
    your baby at this stage is important for bonding, which will be possible only with the help of hospital staff.
  • During the initial days, you will be able to only pat your baby’s skin through the incubator openings. Enjoy this time watching your baby, touching and talking
    with him or her. This will help you to bond with your baby.
  • You will be allowed to hold your baby as your baby grows. Your hospital staff will assist you in the bathing process. Keep talking and singing to your baby in
    order to bond with him or her.
  • Try kangaroo care for bonding. It is the practice of holding your baby against your bared skin with a blanket draped over your baby’s back. It also provides
    warmth to your baby.

Try these tips for bonding with your premature baby. It won’t be too long before you observe things that you would have only observed if you have had a full-term baby, such as your baby’s smile, your baby grasping your fingers, etc.

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