In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, you learn to distinguish the "I'm hungry" cry from the "pick me up" cry and the "change me" cry. As it turns out, little ones have quite a bit to tell you if you know how to "listen," and that includes the ways your baby is trying to say they feel safe.
I remember my daughter's baby days with extreme fondness. Her dad and I had our share of sleepless nights, but, overall, we were blessed with a laid-back baby. I definitely attribute some of that to luck of the draw in her personality, but I also think we as parents contributed by creating an environment that was safe and full of love. She slept swaddled in a bassinet next to our bed for the first six months of her life. I snuggled, sang, and read to her every single day. She was held by her parents, but we also frequently passed her off to friends and family so she would learn who her people were.
We were rewarded when our sweet girl gave us signs that she felt secure in her bond with us as well as in her world. I'm excitedly awaiting the arrival of our second child in a few months, and this time around, I'll know to look for these signals from baby number two that he feels the same: