The Mystery of the Ornery Infant

Here’s a mystery every parent can relate to. How can babies tell whether or not you’re standing? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Next time you’re soothing a fussy baby with that classic bouncing/back-patting/shifting from foot to foot move that works 90% of the time on 90% of babies, try sitting down and mimicking the exact same movements. That’s right, it doesn’t work. But can you blame them? this is the only time in their lives that they can boss people around so effectively while still evoking coos and kisses from the same people that are fighting under-eye circles and a strange obsession with coffee. They may be demanding, but they sure are cute.

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3 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Ornery Infant

  1. Milena says:

    How appropriate… Ironically enough, Sam is bouncing Maelle in exactly this same way while I read this blog post to him. We both had a good laugh.

  2. Clayre says:

    That has ALWAYS perplexed me! I love the “still bouncing while trying to sit in order to trick them” technique. You can be in a full squat position over the chair and no crying, but the minutes you put the butt down they wail! I think you are right; I think they like the power.

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