“Cuddles and hugs, affectionate little squeezes, carrying your baby in a sling, baby massage, and falling asleep in your arms can all have a wonderful effect on your child.”
When we are in a calm state and touch our babies, we activate opioids and oxytocin in their brains. These calm our babies and just make them feel good.
That’s the science.
Most mamas I know don’t need to know a thing about stress-relieving chemicals. We just snuggle our babies because we love them.
One of my favorite things is letting my babies fall asleep in my arms. I’ve heard the criticisms that view this as creating bad sleep habits. I ignore them—even on the nights when I am trapped beneath them in my recliner.
I know that giving kids what they need right now is the most important thing I can do to prepare them for the future.
Who else lets kids fall asleep in their arms? Leave a ? below if you’re a snuggly mama, too.
Quote: The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland
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