It is true that all parents in Lebanon wish to raise their children joyfully, but little do they know that a child’s happiness is not only nurtured with a shower of toys. Their behavior is rather a reflection of us – parents. Below are 10 tips that will help you raise a happy baby.
Tip 1: Be Understanding of Your Happy Baby’s Emotions.
Midwives at St. George Hospital in Achrafieh train new moms to be understanding of their babies’ emotions. They claim that a womb is a place of security that provides every single need of a baby. Therefore, a newborn’s cry can be interpreted in various ways. She could merely cry to be embraced.
Tip 2: Introduce a Pacifier or Allow Thumb-Sucking.
Sucking is a baby’s inevitable calming reflex, so she will be sucking on something whether you like it or not. If you are worrying about her attachment to thumb-sucking or the pacifier, let it go for the first few months. Think about ways to rid your baby from sucking later.
Tip 3: Teach Your Happy Baby New Skills.
The more you keep your baby active during the day, the happier she is. You can teach her a new skill every day. Baby Center suggests educating her on sharing and caring since people who have meaning in their lives are less depressed. “Even as early as 10 months, you can teach your child the satisfaction of give and take.”
Learn how to entertain your baby on our website. Read How to Entertain a 0-3 Months Newborn without a T.V.
Tip 4: Swaddle Correctly.
Swaddling your baby is an excellent soothing method, for it holds her tight like the womb.
How to Swaddle a Baby
Tip 5: Reflect Your Patience on Your Happy Baby.
Everyone knows that life is overwrought with all the muddles. Despite all that, be patient. The way your children behave is a reflection of you, and the more patient you are, the better you understand your baby.
Tip 6: Do Not Tell Your Happy Baby to Calm Down.
You know, it’s quite funny to tell a baby or toddler to calm down. As most parents confess, when you ask your child to calm down, she develops a higher tantrum. Right, do not tell her to calm down but mimic a calming attitude before her, for WE ARE OUR CHILDREN’S ROLE MODELS.
Tip 7: Speak Your Happy Baby’s Language.
Use simple terms as you try to communicate with your baby. You do not have to raise your tone or slap her on the palm. When displaying negative behavior, give her a frown and talk in a serious tone using simple words.
For techniques on how to soothe your baby, read How to Be a Professional at Soothing a Fussy Baby.
Being a nervous wreck is normal with all the rush that life implements, especially in Lebanon. However, do not forget that your baby needs your time, for her behavior is a reflection of yours. Cherish every moment and embrace the gift of getting to be your child’s role model.