3 Things You Should Know About Babies
Having a newborn baby can be overwhelming. Babies can be messy, their crying causes you tons of stress, you don’t sleep as much as you would like. But there is nothing that can compete with having your little baby lying in your arms. The joy you feel when you look at its tiny face, the love you feel when you smell that lovely newborn smell, it makes up for all of it, and then some.
Your Baby Wants to be Close to You
Studies show that physical contact helps your baby become smarter and healthier. Babies who are touched often have better weight gain and growth rates than babies who are touched less. They also get less medical complications during their first year, and spent less time in the hospital after birth.
With premature babies it even goes so far as that skin-to-skin contact can save their lives. Skin-to-skin contact is also referred to as kangaroo care. Being close to your baby helps with breastfeeding: because your baby is closer to you, you’ll notice the hunger signs earlier and your baby will be more patient when trying to latch on. Physical contact also reduces stress levels in your infant, which will result to lower stress levels later in life. And with that a better mental development.
You Can’t Spoil a Newborn
Babies cry. That’s just a fact. But it is important to know they don’t cry because they want to torture you. They don’t cry because they are being a baby (well, actually they are being a baby, of course, you know what I mean). They cry because it’s their only way of communicating. If your baby is hungry, it cries, when it’s cold, it cries, scared, lonely, in pain, a baby will cry. Picking your baby up will not spoil him, it will show him that you’re there when he needs you.
You are Doing a Great Job
People will tell you that you are doing it wrong. They’ll tell you what your baby should eat, how often you should give them a bath, that you’re holding your baby wrong, that you shouldn’t do this or that. But the one that knows your baby best is you. Learn to trust your own instincts, they are often right.
Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and your baby. Off course there are times when you should consider other people’s opinions (but never blindly accept them!). For example when your way isn’t working, or you see another family doing something with great outcomes. But only when it feels right. And only continue when it fits your child’s needs. And most importantly: don’t try to be perfect, because the other moms are just winging it, just like you.
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