Your Number Story
HOLIDAYS CAN BE HARD
HOLD, CUDDLE, AND ROCK OUR BABY
Touch provides a reassuring sense of safety.
MAKE EYE CONTACT
It’s important to look into our baby’s eyes when feeding, playing, changing, and bathing, and sharing facial expressions of joy and excitement.
CONNECT WITH OUR BABY
By smiling, singing, storytelling, reading, or talking in a warm, soothing tone of voice.
Watch and listen to our baby. We can practice being fully present with our baby, without distractions, by trying to notice early “cues” such as back arching, hand sucking, and grunting, to understand how our baby communicates their needs.
COMFORT OUR BABY EVERY TIME THEY CRY
When our baby cries, it’s a signal that they need us for food, sleep, comfort, or reassurance. It’s a myth that we’ll spoil our baby by tending to their needs. Babies need attention every time they ask for it.
MAINTAIN REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS OF OUR BABY
NOTICE WHEN WE ARE HUNGRY, ANXIOUS, FRUSTRATED, OR TIRED
It’s important to pay attention to and take care of our own needs. We may need to ask for help from others, and that’s totally okay.