Babies aren't fruit, ladies...they don't spoil;) Follow your heart, mama. If your maternal instincts are telling you to hold your baby, then hold him. Don't let anyone tell you he's gonna be spoiled. Babies aren't capable of purposely manipulating you, he's just expressing that he needs to be close to you. Have you tried using a sling? I highly recommend a Moby wrap (or one like it...there are many brands, you can find one at babies R us) since he likes to lay on your chest. These are super comfy and make of a strechy jersey cotton, so it's like wearing a t-shirt, and they distribute weight evenly and don't hurt your back. Let him sleep in this, if that's what it takes to get him to nap well in the daytime...and your hands will be free so you can get things done around the house. Don't worry, it won't be long before he's upwardly mobile and independent....and then you'll miss getting to hold him all the time!
at 1:37 PM on Oct. 27, 2008