Your baby distinguishes you well even among a crowd. Owe it to breastmilk. There is much mom’s milk can do apart from nourishing her child. The scent of mommy milk triggers your baby’s affection for you. Similarly, a mother starts recognizing the baby’s needs through the non-verbal signals. Her ability to attend his needs, the kind and loving touch, all the cooing put together help the baby bond with its mother.
Babies respond to your facial expressions. All the peekaboo and making-face games between the mother and child can explain it. As the mothers instinctively make faces at the baby, he responds to mom’s facial expressions such as smiles and playful skittish looks. It is interactions such as these that help foster the mother and child relationship as it has a positive influence on your baby.
The tiny babies like to give you a peck. They love to mimic the way you mollycoddle them and so do they get all over you. The toothless mouths will be sucking your skin out – the sloppy and wet ones that are so cute it will melt your heart. It’s simply one way of your baby to express their love for you in physical terms. And expressing love starts by showing it to his mother first.
It looks funny when they stare at you. You won’t be offended by a baby’s stare. It’s rather cute. Gazing is your baby’s way to associate the smells and the sounds he trusts with something he can see. By looking deeply at you, he studies your face and cast your impression on his mind. So don’t turn away, or get back to doing your own thing.
You will notice your baby latching onto stuffed toys or pillows is because he is seeking the warmth that he feels when you cuddle or hold him. The behavioral pattern won’t last, so you don’t have to worry that he would be pulling at the tees that you are wearing or reach out for your boobs in public all the time. Just the way your baby gives up his bottle one fine morning, so would he give up snuggling under your cozy shirts.
The first social smiles happen between six and eight weeks after birth. He smiles at you, his father or other members of the family. But the split-second smile that you notice while he is asleep? If you thought or were suggested that your baby’s split-second smile is simply a reflex, you don’t have to go by them. Studies have revealed that your baby actually tries to mimic your smile. It’s his way of bonding with you.
Even when your baby has begun to crawl, the eager to start walking is accompanied by his urge to be picked up by his mother the moment he sees her. It is as if the desire to crawl and explore the world around him is suddenly overcome by the want of being cared for and pampered by his mommy.
It might not be half a scratch but your baby will come to you with and point at the red dot that is possibly scab from a past minutest prick he got somewhere. He would do that for attention. He loves his mother nursing him – even when he is not all that hurt.
He would crawl forward and then turn back to see if you are coming after him. At times, he just crawls forward in anticipation to chance upon something new – the baby hunter – and suddenly gets insecure, so turns back to make sure you are still around for him.
He needs to be watched over constantly. Yes, he has his sense of freedom in that you shouldn’t intrude into his space by pulling out that toxic thing he thought was a toy. But then when you step out of the place, he will freak out, will keep wailing until you show up again.
Once your child reaches the kindergarten age, his friends become quite central to everything he does. But guess what, his love for you is reflected in a way that he comes back to you saying he would marry his schoolmate! It goes to show that he understands a marriage is equivalent of love! So while he hasn’t fully understood the social responsibility of marriage, he has got it from the caring atmosphere you have created for him at home.
He would blabber in an attempt to say what you just said or would like to emulate your actions and behaviors. Didn’t you notice him holding the telephone between his chin and shoulders and speak to an imaginary person?
Your baby might be the best-behaved baby in a social gathering but not when he is alone with mommy. He thinks it is his right to have you solely for himself, not to lose you to the daily chores and other activities. He will get cranky, he will wail, he will yell, he will do anything devilish just to get your attention and seize all your time.