As a new parent it's easy to feel overwhelmed, whether it be from the love you're feeling, to the exhaustion you're navigating, to the next-level amount of responsibility you're shouldering. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you simply don't know, too, and how that gap in knowledge impacts your self-esteem. Like, for example, knowing if your baby feels secure. How can you tell if your baby trusts you? How do you know if they feel safe and loved? Because when you're a new parent looking for any sign that you're doing this whole child-rearing thing right, you'll take all the assurance you can get.
To find out more about the subtle and no-so-subtle ways your baby may tell you they feel secure, Romper spoke with Dr. Jessica Madden, MD, a pediatrician and neonatologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland and founder of Primrose Newborn Care, Dr. Inna Leiter, PsyD, a licensed clinician and Director of the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Media, Pa., and Cecilia Matson, early childhood expert and co-owner of Galoop Children's Classes based in Boston.
Knowing that your baby is feeling OK is easier than you might think, especially if you know what signs to look for. And the good news for all new parents is that ensuring that your baby feels secure doesn't require you to hold them every hour of every day, breastfeed, or co-sleep if that's not your preferred parenting style. To find out more about how to tell what your baby is thinking, read on: