Pick a mammal, any mammal. Now picture that mammal as a newborn. Imagine it immediately after it’s born. What’s the first thing it does after it starts breathing and maybe after a short rest? Try another mammal, and another. Do you really think we’re the only mammal in the world that can’t find its food source after it’s born? Now go back to that first mammal newborn, and mentally flip it over on its back. What does it do? Try your second mammal, and your third. All newborn mammals are uncomfortable on their backs. They feel totally secure only when they’re “hugging” the ground or, in the case of mammals that are built to be carried, “hugging” an adult. That’s why you see babies quiet down when they’re picked up out of the crib or stroller. Their natural habitat is an adult body; when they’re taken out of their habitat they lose competence and confidence. Picking them up and holding their fronts against us to soothe them is instinctive.
For generations, we thought human babies were
But your newborn is really a very, very
Take some time to observe your little mammal
Babycare is much, much easier when you
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