Baby happy is the best kind of happy. Here are some basics I’ve learned from my littles over the years.
Babies have very few expectations. After a full tummy, a clean diaper, and a nap, everything else is icing. Every happy surprise is met with pure excitement.
While their attention span may be short, babies are good at focusing on one thing at a time. Forget multitasking—a toy brings the most satisfaction when you devote your complete attention to it (before moving on to the next thing).
Little things mean a lot to babies, and they should mean a lot to us, too! A warm bath is a source of pure joy, and snuggles can cure any sadness. With babies, there is no comparison with the lives of others, only contentment with their own lot.
Babies trust their loved ones implicitly—they have to! Even when their caregivers let them down, misinterpreting their cries or being slow to respond, babies are quick to give them more chances to get it right. If only we could allow others to love us and serve us so graciously.
Not often listed as a virtue, forgetfulness can be an important part of happiness. Babies rebound swiftly—they are quick to forgive because they are quick to forget. Baby might seem furious when you cut his fingernails, but give him five minutes and he’ll be over it.
Babies are not self-conscious about bad hair days (or no hair days!) or rolls on their thighs. They think their bodies are amazing, and they find joy in learning to use their hands and feet, lungs and legs. They self-congratulate with smiles and clapping.
Babies try new things all the time without fear of failure. Just yesterday, Deke reached for—and grasped onto—a toy for the very first time! In the coming months, he will taste his first foods, crawl, pull up, and take his first steps. He will make mistakes, but he will unashamedly try again until he gets it.
Babies don’t bottle up their emotions. They cry when they’re sad, and they laugh when they’re happy. You don’t have to guess at baby’s mood, because he’s an open book.
Babies live completely in the moment. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow. They are devoted to whatever they’re doing and however they’re feeling right now.
Oh, and babies burp and fart at will. This doesn’t deserve its own bullet point, but it does seem liberating!