Velcro babies are babies that want to be held by their moms. All. Of. The. Time. And while it sounds magical for the most part, there are sometimes when the idea is not so swell. Like when mamma needs to use the loo or shave her legs. If you’re blessed with a gift as a Velcro baby, here are some survival tips:
How to survive a Velcro baby
1. Wear your baby
If you don’t already have a baby sling or baby wearing device, get in your car and go buy one right now. Those things are lifesavers, and they’re the only way you’ll get things done around the house. Strap your baby in and then get cracking with dinner or the laundry while keeping your baby happy and content as well. Not only does babywearing clam Velcro babies, but it also gives you a weighted workout as you’re carrying around some extra weight with all the tasks you do on a daily basis.
2. Call in the help if needed
You can’t just put your life on hold because you need to hold your baby all the time, which is why you’ll need some help from time to time. If someone offers to watch your baby, the answer should always be yes. If you don’t have family members living nearby, consider daycare two times a week because it gives you some time to breathe, and breathing is so important in motherhood. You need some time away from your baby, and as hard as it may seem at first, you’ll both be better off for it in the end.
3. At times, allow your baby to cry it out
It can be painful to watch your baby cry, but you’re going to have to get over it. Babies cry. It’s what they do, but Velcro babies, it’s a hell of a lot more. Your baby WILL survive, just look at us, our parents let us cry all the time, and we turned out pretty good in the end.
4. Work on an off-mom-and-into-the-crib plan
You need to sleep too, and your baby cannot sleep on top of you for the rest of his or her life, so you need a solid plan for getting them off you and into their crib at bedtime. Consider changing diapers, turning off the lights, and dressing them in their pajamas before giving them their last feeding for the day, which should make the transition easier.