(BPT) – Long, leisurely showers are a distant memory, the days are a busy blur and you’re getting used to never wearing a clean shirt – as the saying goes, parenthood is not for sissies. Yet when your little one greets the day – and you – with a smile, stress seems to melt away.
That’s the consensus shared by 74 percent of moms who participated in the recent “Baby Got Moves” survey by Pampers. The majority said seeing their baby’s smiling face was the best part of their morning, and 60 percent said their baby’s mood in the morning impacts their own mood for the entire day. Waking up dry was a top factor in ensuring babies started the day in a happy mood.
“The bond between mother and child is so strong it’s not surprising to hear that a majority of mothers feel their baby’s happiness is essential for them to feel happy, too,” says Dr. Anne Zachry, author of the award-winning parenting book “Retro Baby.” “It’s also interesting to note that mothers recognize that dance, music and movement – which are all important to a baby’s development – also play a vital role in helping keep babies happy.”
Factors that moms said contributed to a happy baby – and a happy day for everyone – included:
* Waking up dry. – Nearly a third of mothers said a dry diaper was the top factor in whether a baby wakes up happy. Half said their morning was easier when their baby wakes up dry. Diapers make the difference in keeping moisture away from baby’s bottom. While ordinary diapers have just two layers of protection, Pampers Baby Dry diapers have three absorbent layers to provide the overnight dryness that can help baby (and parents) enjoy uninterrupted sleep.
* Music and dancing. – Forty-two percent of surveyed mothers said that singing and dancing with their baby to music is one of their favorite morning bonding activities. An ideal morning dance party for baby would include music by Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres as emcee, survey respondents said.
Ninety-seven percent of moms believe that when their baby dances, he or she is happy, and 90 percent say it stimulates a baby’s development.
Zachry agrees. “A 2010 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that babies respond more to music and find it more engaging than human speech,” she notes. “Pair some up-tempo music with Mom as a dance partner, and you have the recipe for a happy baby who’s getting the stimulation and interaction that’s vital to her development.”
Whether your young baby “dances” in her crib by kicking her arms and legs, you have an older baby who can pull to standing and bounce to music, or your beginning walker can take simple steps while holding your hands, dancing with your little one delivers multiple benefits.
“If your baby wakes up dry and happy, take the opportunity to build on her good mood by dancing with her,” Zachry says. “Dancing builds motor skills and muscle strength, strengthens the parent-child bond and deepens a child’s understanding of social interactions.”