5 Ways to Calm a Clingy Baby
Is your hip the baby's favourite place to be? Does s/he not leave your side EVER?
Babies cling onto their parents, especially mothers for various reasons and it is absolutely normal. There could be multiple reasons for it. Here is how I deal with my baby's clinginess.
1.Ignore the world and follow my heart
A mom of a clingy baby attracts people’s attention all the more. She is most susceptible to judgements and even suggestions. To maintain my sanity, I always ignore what people opine about me or my ways of dealing with my child. As far as suggestions are concerned, I practice the ‘filter policy’. Simply filter between what’s positive and what’s not, between what is followable and what’s not.
2. Always be there for my child
I believe in giving the attention, comfort and support that my son needs. Simply because, attachment fosters independence not dependence. Leaving him distressed, to cry and settle on his own only worsens our situation. However being with him, diverting his mind, cuddling and comforting works well as he feels secure and assured that no matter what, his mom is always by his side.
3. Believing it is a temporary phase
It’s certainly not easy managing household chores with a baby on the hip all the time. It’s exhausting both physically as well as mentally. But at the end of the day, I believe in the fact that it’s just a phase, which may be tough but is not endless. It, too, shall pass.
I call my son a ‘velcro baby’ as he is always strapped around me. Wherever I go, he accompanies. Babywearing adds to our comfort as I go hands free and my baby peacefully enjoys the rhythm of my heartbeat.
5.Helping the baby understand
Talking out to the baby always helps, even when we think that he is not able to understand. In situation when I have to leave my son in care of someone else, I prefer telling him goodbye and leave, than sneaking out behind his back. Explaining him that I will be back in sometime helps to do away with his fear that his mom will never come back.
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