Bonding refers to the parents’ sense of connection to their child. The bonding process already begins before birth and is heavily influenced by experiences during pregnancy and delivery. After birth, bonding usually develops very quickly in the first days and weeks of life. 

Physical contact with the parents’ skin is the first very important component to initiate the bonding process right after birth. Further, interactions between parents and child and the implementation of daily care procedures supports the establishment of a strong and safe bond between parents and their baby. 

Interactions can include speaking to the baby, kangaroo-care, where the infant is held skin-to-skin by the mother or father, breastfeeding, or simply watching the baby. Even watching a picture of the baby may help to strengthen the relationship. 

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