4 Ways Your Newborn Says ‘I Love You’

 

When a baby is born, many parents describe feeling an overwhelming sense of love that grows and grows as they bond with their little one. In all the work of caring for a newborn, the changing, feeding, rocking, and soothing they show their love over and over.

What many new parents don’t realize though is that their baby, as tiny as they are, also finds ways to show their love for their parent. Check out the ways below that your baby says “I love you.”

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They prefer that you hold them

During their just born days, babies often seem content in any arms that are warm and cuddly. As they begin to become more aware of their surrounds though, a baby will begin to prefer their primary caretakers above others. You’ll know that your baby is falling in love with you when they begin to fuss when you pass them to someone else or only seem to settle in your arms.

They mimic your expressions

Babies are fantastic learners. From their earliest days, they’re working hard to make sense of the world around them. You are your child's first teacher so don’t be surprised when your little one begins to mimic your facial expressions.

They look into your eyes

When babies are born, they don’t have the skills to communicate in the ways that older babies do. They can’t smile, laugh, or coo “mama” and “dada.” One thing they can do though is is look deeply into their caretaker's eyes. While these intense gazes won’t last too long (a baby does get sleepy, after all) they are a sure way to know that your little one is in love with you!

They watch you as you move

Soon after coming home from the hospital your little one will start spending more and more time watching you move. While they won't be able to lift and turn their head for weeks to come, your brand new baby will be able to track you with their eyes as you move across a room.

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Waiting on a baby to become more communicative can feel like it takes ages. Knowing the simple signs that they love you can help you feel connected as you care for them!

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4 Ways Your Newborn Says ‘I Love You’

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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