DD 11 months, very happy and playful but will not cuddle....ever......even when she's tired. DS now 5 was a very cuddley baby..He would sit on my lap or put his arms up for a cuddle. DD how ever would much rather run and play. I know it's very selfish but sometimes I just want to give her a squeeze but she's not interested there are far more other things to do. DD was born with a rare health condition and has had 10 opperations in 11 months..some day cases some as an inpatient. She was taken straight into neo natal at birth so I never really got to hold her straight away and she's had to go away from me so many times to go under anasthetic I wander if she's just used to it. She knows i'm mum and is always happy to see me or play with me. I wander if all the hospital visits etc have made her a bit too tough.. She is the happiest baby i have ever known and always smilling so she is obviously not unhappy. Will she start cuddling me later on..To make it worse ds is nearly 6 and getting a bit to embarrased for cuddles now..I will have to buy myself a teddy.
Perhaps it's just her personality? I had one cuddly baby and one not. DS1 was not cuddly and I did not realise the difference until DS2 came along and for the first time I found how affectionate a baby could be. They change though, and now at 14 DS1 reaches down from his 6'1" to hug me all the time, whereas Ds2 is going through a distinctly cooler phase.
My DD 9.5mo isn't very cuddly either. It's like trying to hug a mini bucking bronco! Only if she's REALLY knackered and being resettled in the early part of the night will she let me cuddle her and even then it can be a battle!
I'm sure it isn't personal! She likes hanging out with us, even if she doesn't want to be enfolded...
My DS1 wasn't at all cuddly - I think it was just his independent personality. He was hopitalised with a nasty bug at 9 months old and spent 24 hours wanting to be cuddled - it was absolutely lovely (apart from the worry of the illness!) but once he was better he went back to not being interested in cuddles. Once he was about 3 he began to love cuddles (by then I had DS2 who has always been a very cuddly child) - perhaps it was seeing me with DS2 that did it?
My little one was not very cuddly for months but she got over it when i started being extra silly with her. I could then sneak cuddles in the form of 'mummy monster' or 'stealing squeaky cuddles'. She is ever so cuddly now.