Babies are completely reliant on us. They need their parents or caregivers to feed them, clean them, dress them and help regulate their emotions.
They look to us for how they should be feeling, if we're calm and relaxed, this tells them that they're safe and can calm as well.
If we're stressed, on edge, or upset, our little ones can sense that and will follow our lead. When they're in that state, it makes it really difficult for them to calm enough to fall asleep.
That's why they need us to take the lead and show them our calm.
But what if the very thing that we're stressing about won't happen unless we calm down?!
It's a vicious cycle right?
I fully understand this because it was me. I experienced those late-night intrusive thoughts filled with all of the negativity, anxiety, and hopelessness with both of my babies. Not only was being awake and bouncing my baby for hours exhausting but the emotional toll that I was putting on myself was almost...