The happiest baby on the block

In the first few sleep-deprieved weeks of parenthood, I was surfing parenting blogs (probably looking desperately for advice!) and came across this phrase:

“Don’t try to make a happy baby happier.”
At first, I was like, “Pfffft. That’s dumb. Of course you should always try to make your baby even happier than they are! People can always be happier!”
It was only in the last week or so that I clued in.
It’s so simple! And it really is true. Do NOT try to make a happy baby happier. Because you know what? There are enough times when they are UNHAPPY and you need to pull out every trick in the book.
Not to mention the fact that if you go really bonkers at them, you’re probably just going to overstimulate them and LOSE their happy.
So what if you’re holding your baby on your lap and they’re smiling at the lamp on the end table? The old me probably would have tried to seize his happy state of mind and interest Baby Boy in a toy or a book, or starting singing some nonsensical song.
Now I’m like, you want to look at the lamp? Cool. And I will hold him in place on my lap, letting him happily ogle the lamp, for as long as he wants (while I watch Teen Mom on my laptop, haha). When he loses interest in the lamp, then I’ll start up again with a book or a song.
Talk about making us both happy!

One Comment on “The happiest baby on the block

  1. Sounds perfectly logical to me! I'm reading the book “The Happiest Baby on the Block” right now and it's a great resource. I thought that's what this post was going to be about at first. You've got some practical advice to offer of your own 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

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