Is it normal for a baby to not like anyone else holding her? My baby is only 2-1/2 months old, so I can understand that she'd want to be held by mommy most of the time. I carried her in the womb, I birthed her, I feed her, I'm basically her lifeline. I get the attachment. But it just doesn't seem right that she won't let other people hold her without breaking out crying. I have very very little social support (I mean pretty much zero help) when it comes to taking care of the baby, so when a rare opportunity presents itself where I can hand her over to someone else to hold her and give me a break - I NEED to be able to take it! For some reason she just won't have any of it, though! Friends and family have acted like it's abnormal and commented in ways like, "You should have other people holding her more to get used to it," or, "Is she always like this?!" Stuff like that... It makes me feel worse. Even my husband, who used to be even better at soothing her than I was, now can hardly calm her down himself and ends up having to hand her over to me. Have I done something wrong to make her overly attached or something (like outsiders seem to act is the culprit)? Are any of your babies like this? I should add that the matter is further complicated because she is extremely picky about how she likes to be held, and trying to explain exact positioning to friends and family is annoying and is borderline embarrassing now since she's bawling her eyes out by the time I try to tell them how to hold her.
Help! I want to be able to have a social life and for my baby to be socialized with other people too!