Nothing beats the joy of becoming a parent. Sure there are challenges–the 9 months of waddling, the frantic budgeting, the 6-18 months without sleep–but when you hold your child in your arms, every trouble is inexplicably worth it.
And then your bundle of joy starts crying.
He’s not wet. She won’t eat. And sleep is a thing of the past for everyone in the house. How do people do this?
There’s no one-size-fits all secret to parenting. Babies grow fussy, siblings get jealous, and even the best of us snap after one too many midnight feedings. But there are some tricks to keeping your newborn happy. Just follow our lead.
How to Keep Your Baby Happy
- Fall in love. Research shows that babies who are connected with their parents are happier overall. This connection helps attune parents to their infant’s needs and provides a sense of safety and contentment for the child. Some hospitals encourage skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, especially for dads, who don’t have the intimacy of breastfeeding to help them bond. Other ways to bond with your baby include “baby wearing” (holding your baby in your arms or a sling), which develops the connection between parent and child and often results in less fussy babies.
- Treat yourself. You’ve heard the phrase “happy wife, happy life”? The same goes for parenting. You may feel like Baby runs the show, but if you ignore your own needs, your infant will sense the discord. Take some time for mom and dad, and the whole family will be happier.
- Ask for help. It’s okay to ask your husband to wake up for that 4am feeding so you can get some rest, or call your mother-in-law so you and your husband can go out to dinner. Remember what we said about taking care of yourself? Your family and friends are there to support you.
- Talk to the doc. That’s what they’re there for.
- Wrap ‘em up. Swaddling reminds babies of the womb, making them feel safe and comfortable. Instead of fighting to keep your baby’s arms and legs in place so you can perform a complicated maneuver with the baby blanket, treat yourself (and your baby) to a BundleBee Baby Wrap. Feather-light and hypo-allergenic with built-in neck support, it’s a simpler, more soothing swaddle.
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