Friday, March 17, 2023

Holding the baby in response to its crying and strengthening the parents' attachment to the infant

Why should you hold your baby?

“Baby Carrying” is recommended not only as a response to crying, but to prevent crying and promote parent-infant attachment and infant development.

How to carry the baby?

You can put your baby in a front pack and “wear” him or her around the house while you cook, clean, and even make payments, for example. If you're doing active tasks, be sure to keep safety in mind. This technique can make your baby cry less and learn more.

Note: Check with your baby's care provider before using an infant sling or backpack; Sometimes babies fresh out of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) do not have enough muscle strength to keep their airways open in an unsupported position.

Do you load it too much?

Some parents worry that they will spoil their baby if they carry him too much. Don't worry. Experts agree that holding a baby for the first few months satisfies a baby's basic need to feel secure. In fact, babies who are held as soon as they start crying tend to cry less frequently and for shorter periods of time than babies whose parents don't respond early.

This doesn't mean you have to hold your baby with every squeak you hear. As your baby grows, let him learn about and explore personal ways to comfort himself. You'll find that sucking on your fist, holding her blanket, or clasping her hands together will help you feel better for a moment.