When I was expecting my first child, the facilitator of my childbirth class said something that I have never forgotten: “Your baby doesn’t care about any baby gadgets. All that your baby needs is you. The most important thing you can give your baby is you.”
Babies and young children need us to be responsive to their communications—especially their cries. We cannot teach our young children to not have needs. When we fail to respond to them, we only teach them to disconnect from their needs.
Part of parenting is realizing that babies, like adults, will have times when they’re upset. And just like us, children need us to be with them when they cry, even if we don’t understand why they’re upset. When your child is having a hard day, remember that you have an opportunity to connect with him.