By interacting with your unborn child, you will help your baby grow and get to know your baby better. Reading, talking, and singing to your baby will help your baby’s brain to develop.
Here are some activities you can use to bond with your unborn child:
- Talk, sing, or hum to the baby. Talk about what you’re doing, going to do, or what you have just done. The baby will know your voice when he or she is born. Babies can also hear deeper voices, so let others talk to the baby too!
- Go shopping or take a walk and talk to the baby about what you see and feel.
- Play gentle, soothing, low music. The baby may respond with wiggles.
- Stroke your belly. The baby may respond to the touch. Play games with the baby. If the baby pokes or kicks, poke back to see if they will “play”.
- Count the kicks. This is a good time to bond with the baby as well as being able to provide information to your provider. At about 28 weeks, you can count how many times your baby kicks, pokes, or rolls. Pick the same time each day. Record the time it takes to count 10 kicks (it should be within 2 hours). If you notice a significant change in the number, notify your midwife right away.
- Read stories and write letters to the baby and read them aloud.
- Pat your belly in a rhythmic pattern. This may help in soothing the baby before bed and after the baby is born, you may continue the patting before the baby is put to sleep.
- Maintain a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy. When you eat vegetables like broccoli during pregnancy, it helps your baby like them later.
- Tell your baby every day how healthy and how well he or she is doing. This is very important to do on days when you may be worried about something.
- And lastly, sit, close your eyes, and visualize your newborn baby and think about all they can do!
- Get younger siblings, spouses, and other family members involved in the bonding by allowing them to touch and play with the baby. They may also like to draw pictures, read stories, or they may just want to talk to the baby.