Babies Have Emotions (month3_915)

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Babies Have Emotions

3 & 4 Months


Most of us think all babies love to be held, rocked and cuddled, but some babies don't. If your baby is a non-cuddler, it doesn't mean he doesn't like you or you're a bad parent. It is just a part of what makes him a unique little person.

Some very active babies don't like to slow down long enough to cuddle. Watch closely for a time of day, maybe first thing in the morning or at bedtime, when she's slowed down and more ready to be held? Other babies may be extra sensitive to the world around them. Bright lights, loud noises, sudden changes, even holding can sometimes be too much. For this type of baby, try to reduce the stimulation level. Turn down the radio or tv, put a dimmer switch on the nursery light and handle her very gently and carefully.

Show love to her in other ways. Smile and make eye contact when you talk to her. Sing to her. Remember, even non-cuddly babies want and need to be held sometimes.






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