The importance of cuddling your baby: It is something we do naturally and rarely think about, but a cuddle can go a long way!
I am blessed in having a two year old little girl who loves cuddles. And not only with her Mum and Dad……..she is a big hugger of her lamb (“Teddy” as she calls him) and her doll Grandma bought her for her first birthday. She is a big one for kisses too. Every day I get slobbered with great big kisses (I hope they don’t stop for a long while!!) But have you ever realized just how powerful a cuddle can be for a baby or toddler?
A report in 2009 on the Medical News Today website describes how children who are deprived of cuddles are at risk of poor brain development and social skills. There is an old wives tale that says giving your baby too many cuddles will make them more needy – this is rubbish!
By cuddling your child, you are making them feel loved, safe and secure and you instantly increase your bond with them. Just last week, I was discussing the importance of skin to skin contact with babies at birth and it was shocking how many mothers had to ask for this to happen when in hospital! It is something that all midwives are preaching, but when it comes to it, a mother shouldn’t have to ask to have skin to skin contact with their own baby. My daughter and I still occasionally have skin to skin hugs: they are lovely and make you feel all warm inside. If it feels that good to us, imagine how your baby feels!
Of course, as a baby gets older the want for cuddles begins to be on their terms only. I am starting to find this with our toddler, but luckily only now and again. There is far much more exciting things happening and therefore a cuddle with Mummy and Daddy is last thing on the agenda. It is important to make the most of the cuddles we get, to cherish the moments of warmth or children give us. Before we know it, they grow up and rarely stop for a hug!
So, go on: give your little one a hug and show them how much you love them (even if they have been a little testing today!!)
About our guest..
Hi! My name is Clair Maskell and I had been in childcare for 11 years up until the birth of my daughter, Emily. I have worked in a range of settings from After School and Holiday Clubs, Nurseries, Play schemes and a Pre-school. I have been a trainee Nursery Nurse, Playworker, Club coordinator, Room Leader and Deputy Manager within these settings. I have helped design layouts in settings, plan a wide range of activities and also have been known to create new life to rooms where I have worked! I am now a full time Mum, but although happy in my new role, I still want to give something to the childcare community which played such a big part in my life! Hence, the website was born, offering advice, ideas and reviews for all parents and practitioners. Visit ChildcareClaire.com today.