Signs Your Baby Loves You

Falling in love with your baby is not hard to do, but feeling the same affection back isn’t as obvious.  Despite their lack of ability to give you big hugs and kisses and say “I love you, mom,” babies show their love everyday.  You just have to recognize what they are telling you.  Today we’re sharing signs your baby loves you just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Your baby knows your voice.  Your baby began hearing your voice around the mid-point of your pregnancy.  So it’s no wonder that the sound of you talking is the most delightful melody to his ears.  He would rather hear your voice than anything else in the world and he will turn to you when he hears it.

Your baby opens his mouth when you are near.  Your scent is also completely familiar to your baby.  No matter how many days it has been since you bathed, your baby loves the way you smell and will open his mouth to breathe you in.  Your breast milk also smells wonderful to your baby and he can identify it among other women’s breast milk.  Plus, if you are breastfeeding, you always smell like breast milk to your baby.

Your baby mimics your expressions.  Your baby may not be able to see well at birth, but over time he will take to staring at you to soak in all of your beautiful features.  He is learning you just like you go gaga over every inch of Signs baby loves you__1452885465_50.243.196.179him.  Once his vision clears, your baby will try to emulate your facial expressions, which is a true sign that he is fascinated by your every move.

Your baby cries when you are gone.  Separation anxiety may feel dreadful for you, but it’s actually a sign that your baby loves you so much, he can’t stand to be apart.  Usually separation anxiety doesn’t set in until later in infancy, and the more you are separated early in the life, the less severe it will be.  But rather than feeling guilty and regretting leaving your baby, take separation anxiety as a sign that your baby loves you enough to get that upset.

Your baby lights up when you enter a room.  Your baby may not always notice you are gone, but he will certainly notice when you’re back.  Once he sees you his face may light up with elation.  He may even reach for you or cry to be picked up because he longs for your touch.

Your baby smiles and laughs.  Babies typically give their first voluntary smiles out of joy at around two months of age.  One day, out of the blue, your baby will find all those silly noises and faces you’ve been making absolutely hilarious.  He’ll smile for a few months and then start to giggle.  Giggles become laughs until he is full on chortling at you on a regular basis.  If ever you wondered if you have a talent for comedy, look to your baby for reassurance that you are hysterical.

Your baby talks to you.  All that baby babble may sound like gibberish to you but your baby is really telling you some important things.  He feels very comfortable with you and he wants to talk to you like he hears you doing with others.  While his words haven’t formed with any clarity yet, babbling is an essential part of language development.  Make a point to expressively talk back to your baby to let him know you, too, are interested in having a loving conversation.

Your baby looks for you and checks in.  As your baby becomes more mobile adventurous, he will slowly start to leave your side in new situations.  However, he may glance back at you periodically for reassurance.  Give him a smile and encouraging nod to let him know you are there for him and proud of his independence.  He may also come back to you periodically to “touch base” and then venture out again.

Your baby develops an attachment to another object.  An older baby or toddler may find comfort in a “lovey” also known as a transitional object.  He uses it as a replacement for you, his most beloved.  When you aren’t around, or even when you are, he holds the object to feel closeness to something else he loves.  This is very normal and another sign your baby loves you.

We hope you and your baby have a Happy Valentine’s Day!