Is It Normal for a Newborn to Always Want to Be Held?

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Babies have spent the first nine months of their lives with their needs constantly met in a constantly warm environment. Find out if it is normal for a newborn to always want to be held with help from a parenting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina. And this is, is it normal for a newborn to always want to be held. Babies have spent the first nine months of their lives with their needs constantly met in a constantly warm environment. So, yes it's very normal for a newborn to always want to be held. When a baby's born, it's not just a shock to you, the change in your life, it's also a shock to them. Babies are accustomed to be constantly held and cradled and all their needs immediately met in the mother's womb. However now they're in this new environment where the sir is cold, they get their clothes changed, there are noises, what's going on. And it can be very confusing and overwhelming to a new baby. Some babies like to be swaddled and are willing to be laid down and that's perfectly normal and great. And some babies want to be held all the time. And as a newborn baby, it's important to meet most of their needs fairly quickly. However this can keep you from getting anything done. Things like infant slings and wraps are the perfect solution for a needy baby. It can be exhausting constantly caring for such a small, needy person. But just remember, it doesn't last forever, they do develop a routine. And they will let you put them down soon. Thanks for watching.

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