You learn something every day if you pay attention. ~Ray LeBlond
Babies - like adults - are different from each other. You can see some differences right away. Doctors and educators agree that during the early months of life, parents and caregivers can learn about a baby by watching;
- How lightly or deeply she sleeps
- How often she seems hungry
- If she’s focused while nursing or easily distracted
- Her interest in toys and objects, and
- How often or hard she cries.
By carefully observing, YOU become a "student" of your child. Wild thought, eh?
Some babies are awake and alert most of the time; they may demand frequent attention; others sleep a lot. Some are awake and quiet while others are awake and make noise. Some babies sleep and eat on a timetable while others are irregular, and you can’t predict when she seems hungry. Some babies cry hard while others whimper. Some are a challenge to soothe; others are easily comforted. Your baby is not right or wrong; just different.
Learning about your baby’s unique “temperament” – or way of responding – will give you information and confidence. Knowing that your baby seems to have a “regular” inner routine, tells you to be ready to feed her at the same time each day and avoid errands or chores if you know she’ll need to eat.
Likewise, if your baby seems uncomfortable or fussy being held by other people, do not pass her around like a ball. If she doesn’t like a certain stuffed animal – she may not like the feel or texture – don’t force her to play or sleep with it.
Learning about your baby and being her advocate will build a better bond between you and her. She’ll learn to trust you as she’s growing up.
Your baby is one-of-a-kind.
- Adapt to her inner needs.
Then you’ll have good parenting skills, plus a better relationship with your growing child. What have YOU noticed when silently watching your child? Leave your comments below . . .