8 great steps to bond with baby

Create magical moments in your routine and fall in love with your baby all over again…

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In the rush of day-to-day chores, it can be hard to find the fun in the mundane moments of being a mum. But make a few minor tweaks to your outlook and routine, and you’ll reap the rewards: It’s not just your little one’s giggles that you’ll enjoy, but also a revitalised view of your role as a mother.

          All you have to do is take the time in your daily routine to build happy memories with your tot. It’s simply a matter of stopping for a few minutes — or even a few seconds — and enjoying togetherness!

1) Sing a morning song

As you open the curtains each morning, sing a cheery song to start the day on a good note. You may not feel like doing it after a sleepless night, but this will lift your spirits, as well as your baby’s. The song doesn’t need to be long. “Good morning, my sweetpea” repeated a couple of times is just fine...

Sing “Good morning, my sweetpea” a couple of times… Your child will love it!

2) Make the most of mail/sorting your recycling

Make a mini-date out of collecting the post: Fetch the letters with your little one, open the junk mail and look through it — you’ll be chatting about door and window frames one day, and stray cats the next. Or when you’re tossing plastics into one bin and cans in another, chatting to your child can make it less routine…

3) Slow down your mornings

There are a lot of chores to get done between getting up and breakfast and it’s all too easy to focus on them rather than on baby. Give yourself a small goal: Remind yourself to make time for them when they’re still a little sleepy and very receptive to you.

          “I aim to kiss my children’s foreheads at least three times before breakfast,” says parenting expert Leah Spina.

Want more bonding moments? Try the following ideas…