10 ways to enjoy and cherish every movement with your child.
So much of pregnancy and postnatal life is spent in doing, rather than thinking. Parents are so preoccupied with changing diapers, feeding their child, teaching them things that they don’t notice how fast the child grows up right before their eyes.
Understandably, knowing what to do and when and how to do it is a very crucial part of parenthood. Sometimes though, doing needs to take the back seat and cherishing your baby needs to take precedence.
Do not forget to let yourself love them a little more before they are not little anymore. Some days you will wake up and wonder when your baby grew so much and how you missed it, but time won’t freeze, and the moments will pass by without notice.
While time cannot go slower (or faster), you can take measures to make sure every moment is treasured to the fullest. This way, once your baby is no longer a “baby” you will not feel an ounce of regret or longing for the time when they were.
Ways to cherish your baby
1. Living in the present: Take time to stop thinking about what needs to be done next, stop penning down the to-do list in your mind and focus on what is happening.
Cherishing means to protect and care for someone lovingly, and this is something that comes naturally to parents. It comes without thought or intention.
Acknowledging your love for your baby will make you feel less choked with emotion throughout this period. Play with them, let them know how much you love them and develop a trust in them, even if they cannot understand yet.
2. Spend time playing: Play is something that is very important for children and aids their development significantly. This is a part of their life that parents can take joy in as well.
Teach them games that you played as a child, let them explore a realm that is personal to you. They will get to know you better and will strengthen your bond.
Disconnect from technology that takes their attention away and helps them take charge of their own imagination. Have conversations with your baby, you will be surprised to feel understood completely.
3. Maintain a journal: At the end of the day, it’s the little things that you will want to hold onto, like the way their tiny hands grasp your finger, the first words they uttered, and how it felt when they did so.
Those are the memories that should be prized, they are achievements that even your child will want to know when they are older.
Treat them as important and make a note of these things in a journal. Write down the special moments you’ve spent with your baby, these are things you will never want to forget.
4. Create and craft: Make their childhood as personable as possible, no store-bought teddy bear can be as precious as one made by their loved ones.
Indulge in painting with them and having fun. This is a time to reclaim your childhood as a parent, no law dictates that only the young ones get to have all the fun.
Create art together, for it will be the priceless possession for years to come. The only way to cherish these times together would be to hold onto what came out of it, every little creation is a gift.
5. Massage your baby: This is not only good for the baby’s muscles, physiologically, it also serves as cuddle therapy for both the baby and the parent. The resulting oxytocin will be good to both of you but will also make your baby feel loved and cared for.
Hold your baby close and revel in the feeling of their tiny features under your gentle palms. Eventually, they will be old and too big to fit in your arms the way they do now.
So, give them all the massages, cuddling, hugs and kisses you can before they start getting embarrassed by it.
6. Make traditions: Along with passing on the torch of traditions from your childhood, remember to try and make your own. Read to your baby every night, or listen to some music that makes them smile, or maybe dance!
Bond over something and help them create an interest in it. You are their avenue to the world, everything you give them makes up their world. So, make their world an interesting place, where they feel ready to explore more with every step.
7. Be embarrassing: Match your outfit with your baby, give them wacky hairstyles, have a sense of humour that they will later look at and laugh at. These jokes will be relevant to them much later, it never hurts to have some fun.
So be embarrassing, have conversations with them, listen to them babble, take part in their imaginative tea parties and games. You might even end up having some fun.
8. Hit record: Make home movies of every little occasion, or even without one. Every family has a set of baby bathing videos, why break the tradition?
Record them reciting poems and rhymes, their mistakes, their growth, document it religiously till it lasts. It never does stop however your child will grow continuously.
Know when to put down the camcorder and be there for them at the moment because that’s all they need. You and your appreciation and support.
9. Teach them appreciation: Babies have all the time in the world to explore, it is their only goal, help them in learning about the world around them. Teach them manners and socialisation, show them the importance of family.
Let them grow a bond with other family members and loved ones. This will show them that they have many people that they can rely on and don’t have to shy away from them. Cherish the new member of the family together, as a family.
10. Shower your affection: Show your love through actions, warm hugs, kisses, and pats and through words. Teach them how to express the love they have for you, give them away to reciprocate.
Display emotions and let them learn how to express themselves to you. Let them know that being affectionate is nothing to be ashamed of and is something that they will get unconditionally from you.
Cherishing your baby does not have to be a serious task, with items on a list that you check off. It is personal to you and your baby and will depend on many other things.
Know that every day is wholesome, and you never really miss out on anything. Your baby knows you are there for him and that is what will ultimately let them know that they are truly cherished.
• Cherish your child every moment by appreciating and making a journal of the same is highly relishing in the long run.
• Show unconditional love to your child by creating a trust in your child.
• Try to live in the present and capturing every moment of your child.
• Playing games which you played in your childhood will be creating a bond.
• Teach values while playing or telling stories and be consistent.
Hope you have cherished your child’s moments? If so, you may share your experiences on this blog.