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Why It’s Important to Hold and Cuddle Your Baby

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It’s a long-held belief in many eastern cultures that humanity is composed by shards broken from one single soul. This means that every person on this earth holds a piece of the big picture, and humanity itself.

What does this mean?

It shows us that it does not matter what religion or belief system you hold. Humanity is viewed as a whole, and in some way, every person is connected.

Laws of attraction claim that all humans are connected to each other biologically, to the world in a chemical way, and to the universe at birth.

Therefore, it does not matter what our personal beliefs are, a single concept holds true. Each and every person lives and thrives through the power of connecting with others.

The problem with the way hectic life currently runs is that we feel as though we should live independently from the rest of society.

We take the time to interact with others on a daily basis, but at the end of the day, we wander off into our own space alone.

 

The Role of The Parent

This may suffice if you live completely on your own. As a parent, however, you must change this view on life.

You are now responsible for the life of another person. Your child is not able to act on their own, and it is your responsibility to consider their personal and social needs.

 

Why is it important to hold and cuddle a baby?

A parent’s basic instincts lead them to provide basic necessities for their child, like food, clothing, and shelter. However, a child needs more than necessities, their basic biology benefits from the power of touch.

This is why doctors spend so much time urging mothers with babies who are premature to provide skin to skin contact. They want them to hold and cuddle their baby.

The power of skin to skin contact provides energy and overall health.

For instance, neoborns who are born premature and have to stay in the NICU do better when allowed to have daily skin to skin contact with their parents.

One study stated this in reguards to touch and skin to skin contact with infants in the NICU.

“Despite technical obstacles, provider concern, and infant fragility, SSC is being practiced cautiously in NICUs in high-income countries, even with ventilator-dependent infants, because it can promote parental attachment, decrease stress, and increase breast milk volumes”

The power of hugging allows a connection and a bond to develop, which is important to human well-being, even as an adult.

As a parent, it is important for you to provide that bond for your baby.

 

Benefits of Skin to Skin Contact

As I mentioned, skin to skin contact is powerful. Here are a few of the biggest benefits it has on you and your baby

  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Stabilized body temperatures
  • Can relieve pain
  • Connection and communication between caregiver and baby
  • Can make the transition from womb to world easier
  • Feels amazing (seriously, try it!)

 

Benefits of Cuddling and Holding Babies

There have been numerous studies showing the benefits provided to babies who grow up in families who respect the power of touch. These individuals grow up to happier, healthier, more successful people.

A simple hug can make a huge difference in the way a person looks at life. Hugs connect people in ways that time and space cannot substitute.

When you cuddle your baby you can develop a deep, meaningful relationship that molds their life into a positive existence. This unspoken communication shows them that they are important and that they can trust you.

For some people, hugging isn’t easy. It is important to realize that touch is one of the five senses.

A touch serves as a way to serve cognitive needs and make yourself familiar with the world around you. It allows you to experience a richer, more spiritual experience in life.

Touch is so powerful that an entire career manifested from it. Touch therapists prove that it opens the world up to people and greatly benefits their health.

 

What Your Touch Says to Baby

With a baby, touch is a form of communication that extends beyond verbal communication and body language. Words only go so far when it comes to communication.

Physical communication is a way to send a message through your body’s energy. A small embrace allows you to send love from your body to your baby’s body.

In the first years of life, stress associated with various aspects of life does develop. It is up to parent to teach their child coping mechanisms and show them support through trying times.

Reinforcing to your child that you are there and they can call out for you, and reach for you in a moment of need.

In times of childhood stress, there is no better cure for a child’s problems than a hug. Just try it for yourself. Turn to your partner and give them a big hug, you will instantly feel better.

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