Just a little more than 4 weeks and we’re finally meeting our new baby. I am joyous feeling how ready I am now to welcome another child to love fully. My heart also melts seeing how eager the dad and the little big brother are to welcome the new member of our small family. Well I think our regular bonding with my bump for the past weeks has helped us build a stronger emotional connection with our little darling on the way.
The pregnancy app I’ve downloaded says that as early 6 months, baby’s sense of hearing is almost fully developed. And at this stage (I am now going to my 34th week), all of my baby’s five senses are functional as well. This is why, we’ve been connecting with the baby regularly. Mayo Clinic published positive results of prenatal bonding. According to several studies, babies who are read and spoken to regularly show signs of being calmer babies. I pray that Baby T will come out calm, strong, healthy and happy.
What do we do to bond with Baby T?
- We play Baby Mozart during bedtime. The entire family listens to this soothing and relaxing music during bedtime. Playing the song has become so automatic to the little big brother Kyle already. Before the lights are switched off, he plays Baby Mozart so that according to him, his “adding” (baby brother) could sleep tight. (We are co-sleeping with Kyle, by the way.)
- I bond with the baby over a warm bath. Bathing is my just-you-and-me moment with my baby bump. I lather and massage Baby T gently and softly respond to his kicks. I sometimes sing for him in the bathroom, too!
- We read and tell stories to the baby. During our regular reading and storytelling time with Kyle, we already include Baby T. We ask questions like, “Did you also like the story Baby T?” and so on. Sometimes, he is also part of the characters in the story that we make.
- We celebrate his movements. When we’re not doing anything as a family and when I feel the baby’s kicks in the tummy, I would call my boys to feel baby’s movement. Kyle would often make silly remarks such as, “I guess he’s gonna be a great karate kid!”
So there. Our really simple ways to bond with our baby which are helping us build a life-long love affair with him. And as I end this post, I am offering a short prayer for the baby: Dear Lord, bless baby T. Keep him safe and healthy.