- Have A Routine – I am a huge believer in baby routines. My babies knew what to expect and most importantly, I knew what they needed. I would know about when they would be hungry or want to have a nap which would take some stress off of me. I could set a clock to my first son’s routine which was great. I knew when to schedule doctor appointments and other trips. Disrupting the routine is fine, we all have to do it sometimes.
- Let Them Sleep – I am big on my kids taking naps. Yes, even my oldest still takes naps most of the time and he is 4 years old. Their little minds and bodies need to rest to recharge and grow. I was one to let my child wake me in the night for feedings. I just do not like waking up a child. A well-rested child is a happy child.
- Curb Your Emotions – Babies feed off of your energy. If you are nervous or stressed, they can feel that and could feel stressed or nervous as well. When I felt this way, I had my husband take the little one while I would unwind. I would take a walk, read a little bit of a book, or even take a relaxing bath.
- Hold Your Baby and Talk To Them – I am not saying to hold them constantly as they will need to be independent as well. For a baby, they love to be wrapped in loving arms and to hear your voice. When you are not holding, just simply talking to them will reassure them that you are near. Also, when they don’t feel good, they need held more. Just yesterday, I spent a nap time holding my little guy. He has a cold and just wanted mom.
- Nutrition – No matter if it is breast milk or formula, you will know what is best for you and your child. Gerber® Good Start® Infant Formulas are now made without genetically engineered ingredients.
These 5 tips were my formula for happiness with my 2 babies. Each baby is a little bit different. What is your formula for happiness?
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