Everyone needs to feel loved. It’s the kind of emotion and motivation we all use to get through our days and enjoy our lives. Our families may be our primary sources of love, or it might be our friends or chosen family. As mothers, we feel loved by our babies, too. But do we actually know that our babies feel the same way? How can we know that our babies feel loved? Must we wait for them to finally say those words to us when they’re 2, or 3, or 5? Or are there other signs we can focus on before they're able to verbally communicate?
It really isn’t all that different than figuring out if an adult feels loved. Adults might show they feel loved by stating the fact, or by acting very comfortably around those they feel loved by. They might express gratitude when given a gift, or when receiving another act of kindness. Perhaps they return the favors to those they feel loved by, or share more of themselves and open up if they feel loved and trusted.
Babies, however, can’t really get us one of those “World’s Best Mom” mugs. They certainly can’t write a Facebook post about it, either. So what can they do to let us know they’re feeling secure in the love that we shower them with? Here's a start: