I will never forget the first time she smiled at me. It’s a groggy memory because I was so sleep deprived at the time but I do remember that I felt like the best mama in the world in that moment. That smile made my endless fatigue well worth it! As a mother, making my baby happy is my formula for happiness. Happiness, however, is not always obvious in infancy but expert’s say that there are definitely ways to tell.
Here are a few signs of a happy baby.
1. Baby makes eye contact.
My newborn would stare into my eyes for long periods of time during her first months of life. It was sweet, almost like she was trying to to see into my soul. Doctor’s say that infants don’t see very well but they can focus in on the features of your face. When they do this, they are are getting to know you better because, well, you make them happy.
2. Baby listens for you.
Babies have a keen sense of hearing. They can even hear and recognize your voice when they are in your womb. Studies have shown that a baby relaxes with a slowing heart rate upon hearing his mother’s voice. When you notice your baby turning to face you when you speak, he or she is letting you know that your voice is where they want to be and what they want to hear.
3. Baby calms down because of you.
No one has the ability to comfort her baby more than a mother does. When you pick up your baby and the crying stops, you’ve made your little one happy by your soothing touch. There’s no better compliment!
4. Baby smiles at you.
Somewhere around 1 month in age, baby will start to smile. He or she is hoping for a reaction! Smile back and soak up the love. Wanting to interact with you is a good way to know that you make baby happy!
5. Baby coos for you.
When baby looks at you and makes sounds, he or she is trying to communicate with you. If you make those sounds back, you could strike up a cooing conversation with baby. This interaction is precious and is another sign that your baby is happy to be around you, so much so that they may even be trying to tell you that.
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