Communicating with a Baby
| bonding with the baby
a crying baby | baby
from the beginning, a baby tries to say things - not
with words, but with crying, facial expressions, by
looking at you, touch, movement and so on. The best
way to comunicate with a baby is to just be natural:
one of you does something and the other one responds.
It doesn't matter if it's only making 'baby noises'!
with a baby
is very useful for a baby's psychological and intellectual
development, and is an important part of bonding - the
process where mother and baby develop love between each
suggests that one-to-one communication, especially with
its mother, is uniquely good for a baby's intelligence
and especially its language skills. Try to spend some
time every day just talking with your baby about things
that keep his or her attention, even if the baby does
not reply! By helping a baby to feel confident and wanted
in our eyes, we can help to build a person that will
later feel wanted, confident and strong in the world.
babies cry. It's normal, and it's a baby's number one
way of saying anything. But it can make mothers very
shows that the best thing to do with crying babies is
always to comfort them quickly. It is not "spoiling"
a baby and it will not make a baby weak. A baby who
is not left to cry alone knows it is wanted and this
will help the baby to be confident as it grows up. Usually
a healthy baby will stop crying if it is given what
it asks for. Research suggests that a baby who is regularly
left crying may grow up with emotional problems.
tradition and science say that baby massage is very
good for babies. Babies like it, and it helps with bonding
Babies love skin-to-skin contact.
should be done gently, and the baby must be comfortable.
It's always important to make sure that babies, especially
newborn babies, do not get cold. Oil is useful for massage,
but the oil should not be allowed to get into any "orifices"
- eyes, nose, tummy button and so on.
Massage is sometimes done with premature babies, but
extra care has to be taken that baby does not get cold
or is uncomfortable in any way. It is often done with
"breech" babies - ones that have been born feet first
- to help them develop their normal shape and to recover
from the stresses of birth.
But remember that efforts should NOT be made to get
baby's head to change shape - this happens naturally.
The fontanelle (soft bit in the middle of baby's head)
should be left alone. It is delicate and must not have
any special treatment like massage or hot water. It
disappears by itself. It is completely natural, and
every baby has a fontanelle of one size or another.
It helps with the process of being born.
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