BE A HYGGE MAMA

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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?

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