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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:24 AM   1
EllaAndLyla
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Can babies pick up your emotions??


I know babies can get stressed etc if you're feeling un-easy and stressing yourself, but can a baby pick up that your feeling ill/un-well, upset etc?

I'm soooo ill today, I've had like 3 hours sleep because I was just up and down all night .... well today Lyla is being, different, she is being really quiet and sweet. She doesn't cry much anyway unless she is hungry/bored/tired, but today she seems to notice that I am feeling different. She isn't being hyper like she usually is and instead is just sitting with me, resting her head on my chest, touching/stroking my hands. Whereas usually she would be rolling over me, trying to climb on my head, pulling my hair, and scratching my hands! I've checked her temp and she has no symptoms of any illness so she isn't ill... I just think she is looking after her mummy



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:28 AM   2
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Aw thats so cute bless her, my LO picks up on my emotions but when i was ill he was in an awful mood so i just started sobbing but every time i did he would start screaming so it was no good i just had to man up and get on with it, what an awful day that was! x



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:31 AM   3
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Aww that's so sweet my lo has been sleeping badly lately but 1 night last week I was really ill being sick all night n he slept through! I like to think he did it cause he knew mummy was poorly!! Lol xx



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:32 AM   4
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Aw thats sweet. I don't think my daughter picks up on my emotions very well though. If I feel rough or headachy, she seems to be more whingy and demanding and if she pulls my hair or nips my face making me yelp 'owww' she laughs her head off, so definately not very empathetic



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:37 AM   5
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I think they can, I also noticed with my older girls 9 and 4, that when I was ill during my pregancy they were extra good extra helpful and over all a lot quieter with out being asked



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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:08 AM   6
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I definitely think babies pick up on your emotions.

Once or twice I've had a tiff with OH when I've been really emotional and hormonal and I end up whinging or when I've been feeling down.

OH always brings LO to me to make me feel better and more than once OH has stood there holding LO and LO is there reaching out and stroking my hair with a concerned look on his face. It melts my heart and he does make me feel better.



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:30 AM   7
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Very much so. Babies are highly tuned little creatures and are more aware of emotions, facial expressions, body language and tone of voice than adults are. They pick up on everything and people forget this!

Its one reason I never have any TV on in the background that isn't babies TV. Angry or stressed undertones are picked up on and are all so real for a baby. If my husband has an issue with something we step out of the room to discuss it rather than our LO picking up on daddy being cross.



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:52 AM   8
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I often worry about this myself. I've had a very unsettled time recently with PND, moving 100 miles from my friends and family when LO was 4 days old and relationship issues etc. I really hope she hasn't picked up on my rollercoaster of emotions



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 10:17 AM   9
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We don't argue much but we had one the other day and we hadnt got that far into it when Issy started laughing at us! It cheered us up immediately lol. I haven't been ill in front of her yet but she'll probably find that funny too!



 
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