Playing + bonding with your baby—in other words, the fun stuff!

This lesson will teach you how to comfort + bond with your baby, and how to start playing with your baby in ways that help support their developmental milestones.

Spoiler alert: Cooing + snuggling is a motherhood job requirement, and you are going to L-O-V-E it!

More inspiration about your playing + bonding with your baby:

Take your newborn outside: 4 safe + easy first outings
Attachment theory: 6 ways to help your baby form secure attachments
Talking is teaching: 5 creative ways to help your baby learn today
Proud papa: 7 ways for dad to bond with his newborn baby
5 ways to use your swaddle blanket

Your playing + bonding shopping guide:

Well read baby: The 5 books ? you need for baby's first year
6 money-saving products that grow with your baby
11 awesome baby products you don't need—but might want
7 products that will get you out of the house with a baby

Motherly's 4th Trimester Class lessons—

Lesson 1: Newborn health
Lesson 2 : Mama health
Lesson 3: Feeding your baby
Lesson 4: Your baby's sleep
Lesson 5: Bonding + playing with your baby

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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