Parenting is a journey that really begins the moment you find out you’re pregnant, so it’s never too early to start communicating with your baby…
BONDING WITH YOUR BUMP
Building that special relationship with your baby starts well before you even give birth! Forming a close, early bond can make a real difference to your baby’s wellbeing, your feelings as a parent and in creating a loving environment for when your baby arrives.
Ultrasound scans have taught us that our growing baby can not only hear and see, but can also feel, taste, respond to stimulation, remember and learn – even before it has popped its head out into the big, wide world, so forming a healthy attachment to your unborn baby is something that can be achieved throughout the course of your normal day. Here’s how:
It’s good to talk!
From around 35 weeks, your baby’s hearing is as good as a newborn’s. He or she will be able to hear your voice clearly and will recognise your tone, so it’s a good idea to talk to your baby. Although your baby will predominantly hear your voice, it will also be able to hear sounds from outside the womb, although these will be slightly muffled. You may notice, for example, that your baby responds to sounds it hears in the outside world by varying its pattern of movement, becoming increasingly active or more peaceful, depending on your surroundings.
For some time now, expectant parents have played classical music to their unborn babies, believing as they do that it can have a very calming effect on them. Singing lullabies to your baby is a tradition that you can start from about the 18th week of your pregnancy, and can continue even after baby’s birth.
Talking or singing to your bump definitely provides you with a fantastic means of bonding with your baby before birth, but it can also be a great way for dads to be to get involved too. Get your partner to chat to your bump, sing to your tummy, or tap the rhythm of the music on your bump…
It’s not just through your baby’s hearing that you can bond with your bump though…
Reach out and touch
When and where possible, massage and stroke your bump as this will make your baby more receptive to touch after birth.
A womb with a view
Your baby can’t see in the womb, but it can detect light. From around 28 weeks, shining a torch on your bump will force your baby to either shrink away or follow the light.
A matter of taste
Your unborn baby has two to three times as many taste buds as you and, from around 22 weeks, will be able to distinguish the four basic tastes in amniotic fluid: bitter, sweet, salt and sour. Remember, the taste of that amniotic fluid is influenced by what YOU eat!
So, there you go….
Yes, at times pregnancy can seem never ending, but take the time to enjoy bonding with your bump and just enjoy this time!