Baby Wisdom: 19 Things You Can Learn From Your Little One
You teach your baby something new every day -- but there's a lot you can learn from her, too!
Everything's so simple when you're a baby. If only we could all take a tip from our glorious little newborns and see things from their perspective! Imagine that your little one could teach a master class in how to live life -- what could you learn?
Here are 19 tidbits of baby wisdom:
- Don't Be Self-Conscious About Your Body
A bit of bulge here? A roll (or two) there? Who cares? The numbers on the scale don't mean anything to your baby.
- Laugh at Everything
In your baby's mind, everything from bubbles floating through the air to Grandma's crooked smile is worthy of a full-on giggle fest. Who wouldn't want to be able to laugh at such simple things?
- Cry When You're Hungry
If your baby gets to wail and pout when she's ready for her next meal, you should be able to do so, too!
- Let Someone (Figuratively) Carry You
Babies are picked up, carried and toted all day long. So why should you have to schlep through life on your own two feet? When the going gets tough, let someone help by carrying some of your load.
- Be Curious
Toes. Fingers. The dust ball that's growing underneath the couch. They're all awesomely fascinating to your little one!
- Take a Step Away From Your Cellphone
Sure, babies love the bright screen -- but your little one couldn't care less about those annoying emails, texts, apps and everything else that interrupt your day.
- Don't Focus on Your Little Mistakes
Your baby just spit up on his onesie and spilled his pureed carrots all over the carpet. These little things don't phase him for one second, so don't let them get you down either!
- Remember That Every Day Is a Fresh Start
Sometimes you might let your bad day carry over into the next. Take a page out of your baby's book and think of each day as a new and exciting fresh start instead.
- Get Active in a Fun Way
Your baby doesn't need a pricey gym membership to stay active. She just crawls, cruises, wiggles and grooves all day long.
- Try New Things
When was the last time you tried doing something new without even a touch of fear? Your baby does it all the time!
- Snuggle at Will
Your baby's always down to cuddle and smother you with kisses. Why not follow her lead?
Being articulate 100 percent of the time is taxing. Sometimes a little light babbling is in order.
- Spit Out Anything That Doesn't Please Your Taste Buds
While you feel like you have to choke down that questionable concoction that your sister-in-law has "cooked," your baby feels no shame in spitting it out all over his bib.
- Cry When You Don't Get Your WayY
our little guy wants what he wants, and when he doesn't get it, the tantrum is on. Wouldn't it be great if you could react in the same manner?
- Never Compare Yourself to Someone Else
Your baby doesn't care that the kid at her infant gym class has on a more expensive pair of leggings, and she doesn't even acknowledge the fact that her cousin is sporting an uber-expensive stroller. If she's not playing a game of Keeping Up With the Joneses, why should you?
- See Magic All Around You
In your little one's eyes, a mobile swirling overhead is miraculous and the weaving streams of watercolor paints are outright amazing. What would the world be like if you saw magic in the seemingly ordinary?
- Take a Nap
It's 1 p.m. -- time for a nap! 4:30? Sure, nap again. 8 p.m.? Well, there's no upcoming deadline to keep your baby up at night. Follow suit and take a few minutes for a nap. It can give you the boost you need to get through the day!
- Don't Worry So Much About Money
It's just colorful paper (or an equally colorful plastic card) anyway. Stress less about money with these 16 Ways to Get Free Baby Stuff.
- Love, Love, Love
Your little love bug is all about this perfectly positive emotion. Try to take anger, hate and sadness out of your mind and let the love in.
What's your idea of baby wisdom? Let us know in the comments section below!
Erica Loop is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an M.S. in child development. When she's not teaching, she's busy creating kids' activities for her blog, Mini Monets and Mommies.