I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!
This post is all about interacting with that new little one in your life in a way that is meaningful to both you and him!
I don't know about you but I think interacting with newborns is one of the most natural things in the world. They make excellent listeners, and they love the sound of your voice to boot! If you are worried about making meaningful connections, don't be! It's as natural as any good relationship you have. All you have to do is talk. It doesn't matter what you are talking about so long as you are following all the normal "rules" of conversation.
Look at your baby while you guys are chatting it up. Talk about how nice the produce is that day at the grocery store or how excited you are about the deal you just got. I always used this time to add in a little counting and color identification. You know, "Mommy is buying three, yellow bananas"...that kind of thing.
Sing to your baby during bath time and when you put him to bed. He doesn't care if you sound like a pro or not, he loves the sound of your voice. And guess what? "Baby voice" is totally optional. If you are like me and you aren't a fan of the baby voice, just talk to him like normal, using your happy tone.
During your daytime feedings you can chit-chat about whatever comes to mind. I never talked during the night because I didn't want then to get the wrong idea about what nighttime was for. My boys even loved it when I was on the phone but pretended to be talking to them.
The best way to interact, in my humble opinion, is to hold that baby! I am in the camp that believes you cannot hold a baby too much. I held my babies every minute they would let me, and they never had any trouble sleeping through the night or starting school or any of those things they tell you will happen if you hold a baby too much. In fact, I believe it increases their confidence and overall well being.
How do YOU interact with your newborn in a meaningful way?
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