As early as 18 weeks, babies start to develop their senses inside the womb. They start recognizing their mommy’s voice, feel the touch of your hand when you rub your belly or getting familiar with the music they listen to.
Let me tell you a story. When I had my first child, i loved listening to the song “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran. I would always put the earphones on my belly so baby could listen too. When i gave birth, baby was crying out loud. The midwife had her playlist on her phone and it just happened that “photograph” played out loud. My baby started to calm himself. Eventually, he stopped crying and he just listened to the familiar song he is hearing. I’m convinced that he recognized the song from the time I played it for him. So, here are some ways on how to start bonding with your baby and making him feel loved even he isn’t out yet.
How to Start Forming an Attatchment With the Baby Inside Your Womb
•Respond to his movements
When your baby starts kicking and moving aroud your tummy, acknowledge him by touching and rubbing the part he has kicked. Babies often experience hiccups inside the womb. When you experience rhythmic thumps in your tummy that lasts for a few minutes, rub your belly to that part to help your baby feel secured and soothed.
•Sing and talk to your baby
As he reaches 18weeks, he starts recognizing your voice since his sense of hearing has started developing by then.
•Gentle rubbing and massage
These are great way to make your baby feel touched, secured and attended. Be mindful though because massage are not recommended when you are still on your first trimester.
Babies naturally love music. They can sleep easily when there is music, they tend to calm down when there is music. That love for music could happen as early s when he’s still in the tummy.
•Take Care of Your Health
Healthy mommy is healthy baby. This is true most of the time, so attend to your prenatal check ups and take your vitamins. Take healthy foods and enjoy a healthy activities such as walking, breathing exercise, and relax from time to time.
•Relax and don’t give yourself something to stress about
They said when mommy is sad, stressed and depressed during pregnancy, it may affect the baby too. Take time to relax, have a warm bath to soothe your self, read books that may bring positivity in you.
Pregnancy is a very challenging experience. Some mommies may even experience severe morning sickness and lose their appetite. But mommies are very strong women. We are willing to go through it as long as we can make sure that our baby is doing fine. As early as when they are still in the tummy, we would want to start making them feel that they are welcomed and already loved. And soon enough, they will feel it even more when they finally get to make their grand entrance.