The whole world is going on right outside your doorstep 鈥 but you鈥檇 rather stay in and snuggle up with your new little bundle. And聽you aren鈥檛 alone. Plenty of busy moms would gladly quit聽their jobs, skip聽the grocery store, and ditch聽all of those extra little errands in favor of聽some parent-child bonding time. The only issue is that you have things to do 鈥 so many things to do. Well, take a break from that to-do list and check out why you should prioritize that聽snuggle time right now.

1. Science says so.聽Skin-to-skin contact may have health and developmental benefits for babies. In one study, preterm infants who had more gentle contact with their parents had a stronger response (to their parents) than those who had less contact. Cuddling early in life may sensitize babies to touch and build social-emotional development.

2. Time flies.聽Right now it feels like your kiddo will stay a baby forever. If only that was true. In the time it takes you to say, 鈥淚 can鈥檛 believe I have a teenager鈥 you鈥檒l have an actual teenager, and that cuddly kid will be way more interested in聽her friends, texting, and rolling her eyes than she is in giving good ol鈥 mom a hug. Take advantage of your baby鈥檚 love of snuggles while she鈥檚 still young enough to enjoy it.

3. De-stress.聽Sometimes it feels like you鈥檙e on the go 24/7, and you need to stop and slow down. Down time pulls double duty when you use it to bond with your baby. Instead of kicking back by yourself, pick up your little one, hold her close, and de-stress as a duo.

4.It鈥檚 bonding.聽Bonding with your baby doesn鈥檛 necessarily happen on its own;聽sometimes you have to work at it. Cuddling with your baby helps the two of you connect in a way that popping her into the stroller and pushing her around just won鈥檛. It gives the two of you some alone time and lets you both focus on that mother-baby bond.

5. You need it.聽Your day sucked. Seriously. You dropped your phone into the dirtiest, grease-filled puddle on the street; you forgot that you were supposed to head a major presentation at work; and you鈥檙e pretty sure your snotty co-worker just got the promotion that should have been yours. Hmm. Right now you could use some snuggle time. Ditching all of your other plans to cuddle with baby can聽magically transform your day from tear-worthy to tremendous.

6.It can help them sleep. Calming down with cuddle time may help your little one drift off to dreamland. Whether she falls asleep in your arms or is chill enough after a snuggle session to finally fall asleep solo in her crib, this time together can help your baby get the shut-eye she desperately needs.

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