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    How to bond with your baby when bottle feeding

    Breastfeeding might steal the spotlight when it comes to the mum‐baby connection, but let’s set the record straight: A strong bond will naturally form between you and your little one no matter how you go about meal time. Here are some ways to make the most of your time together and nurture that bond throughout your day.

    Feeding time

    Try bottle feeding with your back up against something solid (like the sofa or bed!) and  knees bent at 45 °. Place your little one on your lap so they’re facing you and their feet are at your tummy. They’ll enjoy watching your face and you can also have a friendly chat as they feed.

     

    Story time

    It’s never too early to begin reading to your baby. Many parents find that story time is a nice way to wind down before bed, sneak in an extra cuddle, and let your little one enjoy the sound of their voice. Although it’s early days, it also gives your baby a head start with language skills!

     

    Soothing time

    Massage is a lovely way to get some extra skin­on­skin time with your little one. It also improves circulation and soothes your baby. Try giving your baby a massage when they are awake but settled or as a way to wind down at the end of the day.

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