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April 01, 2024 3 min read

Congratulations on the arrival of your little one! While parenting is a beautiful and heart fufilling journey, it can be challenging, especially if you've got a 'velcro baby' - one who always wants to be held. Fear not, for you are not alone!

In this guide, we'll share some tips and tricks to help you to embrace this beautifully messy and demanding phase of parenthood. Everyone loves baby snuggles but sometimes they can become never ending and all absorbing with a little limpet attached to you all day, exhaustion can settle in with no time for yourself to recoup. 

The Velcro Baby: A Survival Guide for New Parents

1. Embrace the Attachment

First and foremost, remember that your velcro baby's constant need for cuddles is a sign of a healthy attachment. They find comfort in your arms, you are their home and that's a beautiful thing! Soak in these moments; they won't last forever and will pass quicker than you can imagine. While it might feel relentless now, you'll one day look back on these moments with a mix of nostalgia and pride at how you navigated the challenges. 


2. Get Support from Your Village

Don't hesitate to lean on your support network. Family, friends, and fellow parents can offer valuable advice and lend a hand when you need it most. Remember, it takes a village! 

The Velcro Baby: A Survival Guide for New Parents

3. Get Yourself an Extra Set of Hands aka a Baby Lounger

A baby lounger can be a game-changer for hands-free parenting moments! A baby lounger is a cosy, comfy and safe space for your baby to lounge in those 'I just need to pop baby down' moments. Lightweight and portable, baby loungers allow your baby to stay close to you and be comforted by your presence while still having hands-free freedoom. Make an 'extra set of hands' yours here!


4. Accept Your Baby's Personality

Every baby is unique and accepting your velcro baby's need for closeness is an important part of embracing and letting go. Understanding and respecting their nature will foster a stronger bond and encourage a more serene parenting experience. 

The Velcro Baby: A Survival Guide for New Parents

5. The Power of Babywearing

A baby carrier is a game-changer! It allows you to keep your little one close and comforted by your heartbeat while keeping your hands free. Whether you're tackling household jobs, going for a walk or trying to settle a crying baby, a carrier can be a lifesaver. 


6. Master the Art of One-Handed Tasks

You'll become a pro at doing things with one hand - from cooking dinner to texting friends. It's amazing how adaptable you'll become and soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed with two free hands! 

The Velcro Baby: A Survival Guide for New Parents

7. Prioritise Self-Care

Taking care of yourself is paramount and can do wonders for your mental and physical well-being. Make time for yourself, even if in small pockets or ask for help from your partner or friends. In need of simple self-care ideas? We've got you covered, find inspiration here!


8. Foster Transitional Steps Towards Independence

As your baby grows, gradually introduce activities that encourage independence. This could be as simple as trying tummy time (read our guide here!) or encouraging them to explore toys within arm's reach. These small steps build confidence and lay the foundation for future independence.

The Velcro Baby: A Survival Guide for New Parents

Parenting a velcro baby is a journey filled with cuddles, challenges and countless opportunities for growth. Embrace the closeness, seek support when needed and remember to take care of yourself. Soon, you'll look back on this time with a heart full of gratitude and a smile on your face. You're doing an amazing job and your velcro baby is so blssed to have you as their parent! You've got this – koala baby and all! And remember... you can't 'spoil' a baby with too much love or too many cuddles.


Lots of love,

DockATot xx

The Velcro Baby: A Survival Guide for New Parents

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