Build Your Baby’s Confidence

January 4th, 2009

The first moment that you gaze into your newborn baby’s eyes, you know that life will never be the same.  In an instant, someone smaller than a watermelon becomes incalculably more important and precious to you than anything else in the world.  We wonder about our children’s future and strive to give them everything they need to become happy, healthy, and confident individuals.  Believe it or not, experts have concluded that process begins right away, before your baby can do much more than eat, sleep, and—well, you know.  Here a few simple things you can do to give your baby the best start possible.

Hold your baby often.

Taking care of your baby is much more than bottles and diaper changes.  You are actually helping your baby to thrive while enjoying your cuddle times with them!  Your baby will instinctively know your scent and find comfort nuzzled up to you.  Children who are held often know not just that they will be taken care of when they have a physical need, but that they are loved as well.  Don’t worry about “spoiling” your baby during the first six months or so of life.  Making sure they get plenty of physical contact each day will actually give them the security they need as they get older to handle being apart from you.  You don’t have to carry them in a sling all day long or give up the crib for your bed; just be sure to give your baby some quality time each day.

Talk to your baby often.

No, newborns won’t know what you’re saying, but the sooner you begin communicating verbally to them, the sooner they will begin to understand you.  Talking with your child encourages brain activity and gives them the attention they need as well.  If you’re not sure what to say to a gurgling little being that can’t do anything but make spit bubbles in response to you, just say the things you are doing at the moment.  For example, “I’m going to pick you up and change your diaper now,” or, “I am putting three scoops of formula into your bottle.”  What you say, sing, or coo to your baby isn’t the important thing.  They simply want to hear your voice and have their presence acknowledged.

Encourage your baby often.

Experts say that children need to hear ten positive comments to every one negative comment received.  Set the precedence of being an encouraging parent early on.  A newborn may not be able to understand you, but they do understand your body language and the tone of your voice.  Tell them how thankful you are to have the opportunity to raise them and how wonderful you think they are.  As your infant begins to grow and develop, clap for them, congratulate them, and encourage them in any way you can.  Make sure they see that twinkle in your eye that says they are your pride and joy every day.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to give your baby everything they need to grow up to be happy, secure individuals.  You really don’t need to spend a fortune on educational videos and parenting self-help books.  As it turns out, all your baby really needs is the one thing you are sure to always have:  love.

Find more help to get your infant to sleep through the night and better bottle feeding at Child n’Parent.

By:  Destiny

Entry Filed under: Parenting Tips

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