BE A HYGGE MAMA
The hygge doesn’t have to stop when baby is born. In fact, being a “hygge mom” is a big trend a the moment, as more new moms realise the value of practising daily rituals that force them to slow down and simply enjoy those fleeting first months. Child psychologist and Danish parenting expert Iben Sandahl believes practicing hygge goes a long way in reducing stress for parents and calming babies in those critical first few months: “If you are calm, your baby’s behaviour will reflect that,” she writes. “Be sincere in your presence and feel gratitude for the life you are living – that’s how to create a hygge moment.” A 2017 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that Danish babies cry less than babies in other countries and have the lowest rate of colic. Could this be because they have hygge moms? While acknowledging that there are a range of factors (like long maternity and paternity leave for parents and excellent social security) that contribute to Danish babies’ cheerfulness, Jessica Alexander, co-author of The Danish Way of Parenting, strongly believes hygge makes for happy, contented babies. “Hygge offers mothers and babies a special way to bond,” she writes. “Activities can be as simple as singing favourite songs or sharing a meal without the distraction of cellphones, TV or to-do lists. Powering off screens means powering up the quality time.” Gayle adds that baby massage is a perfect way to embrace the concept of hygge. “The soft, gentle touch brings baby a wellness of being. And it releases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin, which helps them to feel safe and gives them a better, more loving sense of self and perspective,” she explains. Baby’s bathtime is another perfect hygge moment waiting to happen. Light some candles, play some music and splash away. And what better time is there than feeding time to power everything down, hold your new baby and simply enjoy the moment?