I recently stumbled across a poem I have loved since the first time I saw it…Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow old we’ve learned to our sorrow, so quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
There is nothing quite so relaxing as a baby snuggled up against your shoulder, their head tucked against your neck, as you rock them to sleep. I rocked my kids to sleep all the time, to the extent that training them to go to bed without being rocked to sleep first was difficult. However I would not forgo all those hours I spent in a rocking chair with them cuddled against me for anything.
In today’s rush-rush society rocking babies to sleep is something that has fallen out of practice. You hear of people putting babies into a crib with a bottle to fall asleep. Mothers who nurse feed the baby and then immediately lay them down. There isn’t that extended cuddle time when you are holding and rocking the baby without a reason other than just to cuddle. It is sad to think there are two generations missing out on this special time….the generation of parents and the generation of babies.
Modern lifestyles are lived in the fast lane. We have babies, then rush them into preschool as early as age three. By the time they reach kindergarten children have been attending day care or preschool for 2-3 years, maybe more. Many children are enrolled at the elementary age into sports or other activities. By the time the child reaches high school they have a schedule of school, homework, sports, and other extracurricular activities, then comes graduation and college.
Time goes fast. If you are a mother of young children, cherish those moments. Take the time to sit in a rocking chair with your baby on your shoulder or your toddler on your lap. Read them a story, let them fall asleep, enjoy that quite cuddle time, then carry them to bed. Before long they won’t want to sit and cuddle and you will miss those times. Enjoy them. Cherish them. Because as every mother soon learns, babies don’t keep.