Mother and baby spontaneously react to each other’s signals. Each day the mother understands better what the baby needs. For example: why the baby cries or when the baby is hungry.
Breast-feeding helps to strengthen the ties between mother and child. However, mothers who do not breast-feed also naturally bond very easily with their baby.
For fathers, it can be more difficult to create such a strong bond. But fathers, too, can strengthen their relationship with their child. They can, for example:
- Feed the baby breast-milk or manufactured baby milk from a bottle;
- Cuddle the baby;
- Bathe the baby;
- Carry the baby around.
These moments of closeness are important to father and child. It also means that the mother can rest from time to time.