Bonding defines an intimate and unique relationship, a bonding process between parents and baby that creates a verbal and non-verbal dialogue, a physical, emotional and hormonal experience. It promotes the infant’s well-being, correct psycho-physical development and stimulates the infant’s behavioural skills. Bonding is distinguished between prenatal and postnatal, which are closely related.
The best known and most effective prenatal bonding activities are: stroking the belly, talking, singing and feeling the baby. The baby, in turn, uses all five senses to communicate and develop a bond with their mother.
It is very important for parents to be able to see and be with their newborns (rooming in) to stroke them, touch them, talk to them to help them overcome the stress of separation from the intrauterine environment.