Backwards Cuddles {The Ordinary Moments}

Little Man is the most cuddly and affectionate little boy. He just loves to have a cuddle, snuggle on the sofa or sit on your lap at every opportunity. On the other hand he is also fiercely independent, wanting to do things himself and prove that he really is a big boy now.

I have no idea when it started though but Little Man has this thing. A special little thing of his. When he asks for a cuddle, or we ask him for a cuddle, he’ll come over, turn around and have a cuddle from behind, our arms wrapped around his front. I have no idea when he started this – it may have stemmed from his baby days when I used to hold him that way round in front of me when he was grouchy, so he had the comfort of me but could see the world too. It could have been all the times he lay that way round on my lap watching TV during the first stages of toddlerhood. Or it could just be that now he doesn’t want to miss the world whilst giving cuddles.


Whatever it is, it’s his thing. When we ask him for a cuddle now he’s exclaim ‘Backwards Cuddle!’ and turn around with a cheeky grin on his face. We don’t often get normal cuddles, but when we do they really are the best thing – a sleepy Little Man in the morning with his arms around our neck and his head buried in our shoulder. During the day we make do with backwards cuddles and Little Man standing in front of us, or often sitting on our lap, having a cuddle whilst he reads a book, watched TV or does any of the other hundred and one things he loves to do.


I don’t know where backwards cuddles came from but I love them all the same. Cuddles with your children are some of the simplest things in life – and some of the best.



  1. March 20, 2016 / 7:43 am

    I love this! I think a backwards cuddle sounds pretty great. Morning snuggles really are the best, I can’t imagine a time when they won’t want to snuggle in the morning. x

  2. March 20, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Ah bless, that’s just the cutest thing. My two love to cuddle like this when something else is happening like watching tv.

  3. March 20, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Aw so cute and backwards cuddles sounds rather lovely. LL has this thing she has been doing a while which we call ‘Kiss.Cuddle.Squeeeze’ which is pretty obvious what it is, but we have to do it right or she makes us repeat it again! πŸ˜‰ x

    • March 20, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      I think I’d do it wrong just to do it again! x

  4. March 20, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Oh that’s so sweet – and the world can be very exciting, I don’t blame him for not wanting to miss out!

  5. March 21, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Aw this is really cute! William loves a cuddle but James is very isolated and doesn’t really like them. Even our bedtime cuddle is like 2 awkward grown men not sure where to place their arms and hands! I think your little man may be on to something! I’m quite cuddly but I find serenity in the feeling when someone comes up behind me and cuddles me! Backward cuddles are obviously the best!

  6. March 21, 2016 / 6:42 am

    That’s so cute. Backwards cuddles sound very special. Mabel has a weird little thing that she does, she likes to lie on top of us with our tops pushed up so our skin is touching hers on our tummies. She calls it tummy matching and like you I have no idea where it came from but I quite like it because it’s her thing!

  7. March 21, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Awww so sweet. I used to feed Baby her bottle in a similar position then just turn her over to sleep on me, so she spends a lot of time in this position (usually film watching etc). Little Man is too cute! x

  8. March 21, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Aw this is so cute! I love recording these kinds of memories as I’m sure there’d be a time where we’d forget what funny little traits they had πŸ™‚ xx

  9. March 24, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Bless. Backward cuddles. The first time my baby cuddled in was so special. It’s great to hear you get a snuggle cuddle in the morning though! Its so nice x

  10. March 25, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    My M does backwards cuddles too πŸ™‚ I can’t remember when it started either, though I suspect you’re right about it having something to do with how busy these boys are. I’m actually quite lucky to get a cuddle at all these days – I think he’s outgrowing them *sniff*

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