The five components that help create a bond between you and your baby are eye contact, the sound of your voice, smell and of course, touch - which produces the fifth component, oxytocin.
Also known as the “love hormone”, oxytocin is produced whenever you have skin-to-skin contact with someone. It has a relaxing effect on the body of the person receiving the touch and the body of the person giving touch, meaning that both you and your baby get a big feel-good boost from a cuddle or a massage.
Throughout the day your little one will communicate what they’re feeling to you through subtle cues so that you can meet their needs. Over time, you’ll be able to pick on even the most subtle of signs.
Touch is the most developed sense your baby has from birth and therefore it’s a great way to communicate love to them.
When your baby is unhappy, your touch can help work wonders to soothe them. If your baby is upset, pick them up and give lots of cuddles to calm them. Soothing your baby with a song or a reassuring “shhh” can also help.