Why Do Babies Start to Cuddle?
Cuddling is a wonderfully soothing and intimate way of connecting with a baby and often results in a peaceful and contented state. But when do babies start to cuddle and why?
The Benefits of Cuddling for Babies
Babies benefit from cuddling in many ways. Cuddles help to calm and regulate a baby’s heart rate and breathing, reducing stress and discomfort. In addition, cuddles provide a secure attachment between the parent and baby which is essential for the baby’s physical and emotional development.
When Do Babies Start to Cuddle?
Most babies respond to cuddling from birth, but their cuddling behaviours change as the baby develops.
In the first few months, your baby will love snuggling up to you in your arms while they feel secure and protected. As they grow and become more aware of their surroundings, they will start to demonstrate more cuddly behaviours such as hugging, cuddling and snuggling.
Signs That Your Baby Wants to Cuddle
You may be able to tell when your baby wants to cuddle, as babies usually express their preferences through body language and facial expressions. Some common signs that your baby is looking for snuggles and nurturing are:
- Cooing or gurgling noises
- Opening their arms or curling up close
- Making eye contact
- Smiling, giggling or laughing
When you see these signs from your baby, it may be time for a big cuddle.
How to Cuddle Your Baby
When cuddling your baby, be sure to be gentle and sensitive to their needs. Make eye contact, use soothing sounds, and keep your movements slow and gentle. Enjoy the closeness, observe and read the cues your baby gives you.
Remember, cuddling is beneficial and comforting for babies, so enjoy the moment and treasure the memories.