Who doesn’t like to see a baby happy? I mean, a happy baby is definitely every parent’s dream.
According to Jill Stamm, Ph.D., author of Bright From the Start, nothing pleases your baby more than knowing what’s going to happen next.
So, trying to figure out new and exciting things to make your baby happy every now and then might actually not be necessary as you’d be surprised at the little things that can make your baby happy.
“The best predictors of happiness are internal, not external,” says Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness.
So, flooding your baby’s room with all manner of toys and gifts might eventually contribute little or nothing to your child’s happiness.
Anyway, let’s get to it already.
Amazing Ways To Make Your Baby Happy And Healthy:
1. Consider your baby’s POV (point of view)
According to Jane Morton, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California, understanding that newborns aren’t yet shrewd enough to manipulate their parents is a skill we acquire as we get older.
Until now, your baby has spent most of his time being held tightly inside a cozy womb and he is suddenly exposed to the bright, noisy world which is why your baby cries and fusses to have his basic needs met and to adjust to life outside the uterus.
When he becomes overwhelmed, you can soothe him by holding and rocking him, making shushing noises with a gentle pat on his back or you could take a few seconds to get behind your baby’s eyes first; you’ll be amazed how your reaction quells sensitive situations rather than escalates them, resulting in urges to yell at or slap your child.
2. Cultivate a healthy habit for your baby
To make your baby happy, pay attention to their healthy living by giving your cutie room for lots of sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet.
You’re probably wondering how your baby would get to exercise, right?
Well, giving your baby plenty of space to release her energy (whether kicking him/her legs in the air, crawling toward a beloved ball, or going back and forth, over and over) will help put him/her in a good mood.
3. Change environment to make your baby happy
Sometimes, all your grumpy baby needs is a change of scenery/environment.
Try taking a stroll in the park and let your baby (especially 6 months and above) feel a bit of sun on his face and smell the fresh air.
“Babies are addicted to other babies,” says Dr. Morton, who recommends having your little one socialize with the same children repeatedly.
4. Don’t forget to take care of you
Note: A healthy mother and father equal to a healthy baby.
Let’s be honest, caring for a baby, isolating work and doing all that stuff is hard work. So, taking time every now and then to treat yourself well and make yourself happy as well isn’t such a bad idea.
According to Dr. Morton, “Children with depressed mothers are more vulnerable to becoming depressed themselves.”
So, if you feel overwhelmed, experiencing changes in sleeping or eating habits, or being unable to think clearly or make decisions, then you might need to see your health-care provider, at least for baby’s sake.
Raising a happy baby and healthy baby is quite easy after all, try these tips and let us know how it goes.