When you have a baby or a toddler, going out becomes more than just dressing yourself up. For infants and newborns, you don’t need to go overboard with clothes and accessories. All you need is soft and comfortable onesies and Infant Headbandsto get your newborn looking stylish and ready to party!

Bonding Between Parent and Baby

There are so many activities that parents do with their kids that facilitate bonding with their baby. Some the parents are not even aware off but babies pick up signals from parents such as their mood, their scent and their general aura and babies respond to this. Also, parents have a sensitivity to their baby and can pick up non-verbal signals and know when their baby needs them. This happens especially for mothers. A study carried out tried to measure the sensitivity of mothers to their babies.

The sensitivity of mothers was measured using blind coding on eight videotaped interactions between parents and their children collected between infancy and age 11. The videotapes showed free play scenarios and problem-solving tasks that parents carried out with their children. The free play scenarios included asking mothers to play freely with their children for 15 minutes using a set of provided toys. Problem-solving tasks involved the use of a specially adapted Etch-a-sketch, which mothers and children operated together. Parents were rated on the emotional and instrumental support they showed their children, as well as how they interacted to solve a given task. Since the quality of maternal sensitivity changed over time as children grew older, this was taken into account by the raters. Sensitivity ratings were also obtained for fathers on a subset of the total sample.   

Breastfeeding and Bonding

Breastfeeding is one of the first and major ways that a mom can bond with their baby. It is a practice that also provides lots of health benefits and much-needed nutrients to the baby. Breastfeeding has been proven to benefits the child long into their adult years and the process also benefits the mom. Many established institutions and even the World Health Organization advice that moms breastfeed exclusively for at least six months. Despite this, many moms do not breastfeed their children. One research study carried out interviews with moms. During the interviews, mothers were asked about their breastfeeding practices, including how old their children were when breastfeeding ended. While three out of four mothers reported some breastfeeding, only 2 percent of the total sample reported breastfeeding up to the age of 24 months. The average length of time for breastfeeding was 17 weeks. 24 months is a bit extreme even though many moms do that and that’s ok but 17 weeks is a bit too short except there are extreme circumstances that stop the mom from being able to breastfeed.

Planning for Breastfeeding

When you are planning on breastfeeding your newborn, you need to make accommodations for when you need to breastfeed in public. Being at home might be easier because you are comfortable and can even breastfeed naked if you want, but when in public you need to be in the most comfortable clothes and bra. You can buy specially-made nursing clothes that have hidden openings to make breastfeeding easier, or you can put together nursing outfits from ordinary clothes. A loose-fitting T-shirt is often a good choice in casual situations because you can simply lift up the shirt on one side to feed the baby. If it’s loose, the extra fabric will cover most of your belly and breast. A shirt that buttons down the front can be unbuttoned from the bottom to nurse, or unbuttoned from the top of your baby doesn’t like fabric touching his face while he’s breastfeeding.

If your shirt is not long enough to cover your belly, you can put a cardigan or a loose jacket over your belly while you breastfeed. Another trick is to take, You can also take a snug-fitting tank top, cut two slits in the front large enough and in the right position for you to breastfeed, and wear that under your shirt, T-shirt or jacket for extra coverage.

Use a sling or Nursing Cover

With practice, you can breastfeed your baby in most slings or wraps and the fabric of the baby carrier will cover the baby and your breast. You can even walk around while breastfeeding! If you’ve pulled up your shirt from the bottom to make your breast accessible, you may want a belly band or tank top underneath, as your tummy may be exposed. You can also use a nursing cover which is made to provide the most comfort to baby and mom during breastfeeding while also providing full coverage.

Breastfeeding in Public

When you need to breastfeed in public, pick a good spot that you can sit comfortably and can also rest your back. If you are in the park, a park bench will be a good option. If you are at a restaurant, sitting inside a booth will also be a great option. You may also be able to find a bench that is beside a planter, or a booth in the food court area. On a bus, sitting next to a window means you’re less visible to other passengers and you can lean against the side of the bus to be more comfortable. Outdoors, you may be able to find a place to sit leaning against a tree or a bench with a back that gives you support. If you can find a secluded place, understand that you are well within your rights to breastfeed your child wherever you can even if its a public place. Don’t get stressed out looking for the perfect spot. Find a place where you’re comfortable and where you have enough room to organize yourself and don’t worry too much about who might see you. There’s no point in walking around with a crying baby as you look for a place where you won’t be visible. Feeding your child takes priority.