Want to raise a confident, caring, and happy little sprite able to ride out the ups and downs life will inevitably throw at her?
Then go ahead—dole out plenty of hugs and kisses. They’re great for babies. They help calm little ones and improve their sleep—a big plus for 24/7 parents. Studies indicate kids who received more affection than their less-indulged peers exhibit less stress and anxiety later in life. Check out the tips below. They’re sure to boost self-confidence.
- Tap into your inner softie. Respond to your baby’s needs, and don’t worry about spoiling him. Show love and support by comforting him when he fusses and playing with him when he’s awake.
- Pile on the affection. Lavish your honey with hugs and kisses at night, more in the morning when she wakes up, and before and after other transitions. This builds trust and helps make her feel safe.
- Encourage investigation. Inspire your little explorer to conquer new horizons. Help him express himself with words, and introduce him to new activities (pointing, crawling, standing, and walking). Don’t overwhelm him by pushing him too far or too fast. Offer hands-on support when he needs help completing a task and comforting talk when he seems anxious.
- Model a can-do attitude. Demonstrate resilience. Monitor your own responses to stress, struggles, and disappointment. Babies learn by watching. Use hugs and kisses to acknowledge his achievements. Applaud efforts with snuggles and smooches.
- Honor baby’s inner warrior. Provide just enough support for her to attempt—or complete—a task, but resist the urge to finish it for her. Lend help when she needs it, and offer a safe harbor when she slips. Subtle support (not dramatic rescues) will inspire her to try again.