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Can I Cuddle My Baby?

The question Can I Cuddle My Baby? comes up a lot especially from new mums with a baby who just wants to cling. My aim with this post is to provide good information about baby development, our parenting instincts, what’s normal and why cuddling our babies and children is not just lovely it’s crucial. In our society babies can be seen as creatures to control and to train, and parents are encouraged to make their babies independent and self soothing. Any parent who cuddles and carries and soothes their babies can be seen as giving in, as failing, as making a rod for their own back. So, if you are asking Can I Cuddle My Baby? Here’s what the research tell us… When your baby is born  he has approximately 200 billion brain cells but there are very few connections in his higher brain – these connections are mainly responsible for  emotional and social intelligence. 90% of brain growth takes place in the first five years of life Early stress (prolonged crying) can create negative changes in  baby’s …

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New Baby Survival Guide

Congratulations, your baby is here and you are a parent! You are probably learning fast that this beautiful new creature doesn’t come with any instructions and you may be feeling more than a little lost. There are no easy solutions but it can be helpful to: Trust your instincts – cuddle, feed and carry your new baby to soothe and comfort. You will not be spoiling him, you will not be making a rod for your own back – you will be providing love, comfort and security. Give yourself time to get to know your baby and time to adjust to your new life. You both need time to get to know each other, so you can get used to how your baby is communicating with you through sounds, cries, movement and behaviour. Accept or ask for help – you do not need to be superwoman and feel that you need to do it all. If you need help or if you feel that you need a break for an hour or so – ask! You …

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Baby Development – 12 months

Baby Development – 12 months Your baby will probably be able to… Physical Development Move – crawling, rolling, shuffling, coasting on furniture Bounce to music Throw toys Point Be better at picking things up   Cognitive Development Can better understand a routine – know what is coming next in a sequence Imitate actions and noises after they have happened Be aware of someone else being upset or happy   Language and Communication Say some simple words Follow simple instructions Say more expressive babble Know how to use her voice   Emotional and Social Development Enjoy and respond to songs and actions Will want to be close to a familiar adult Have likes and dislikes Enjoy games Imitate other people Developmental Leaps Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy and in need of more reassurance. 41-47 weeks – your baby could now be: learning about sequences and putting things together involved in more active play observing and imitating the people around him capable of greater movement now. Reading Margot Sunderland Carolyn Meggitt Sue Gerhardt Vanderijt & Plooij   Janine | Birth, Baby & Family Mum of three and a specialist in pregnancy, birth and parent support

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Baby Development – 9 months

Baby Development – 9 months Your baby will probably be able to…   Physical Development Roll from front to back Crawl or trying to crawl Put his feet in his mouth Be alert Pick up things with his thumb and finger Move toys from hand to hand With rolling and crawling they can get to people and objects   Cognitive Development Be aware that an object exists even when it goes out of sight Enjoy watching toys move   Language and Communication Understand simple words Imitate your sounds Babbling   Emotional and Social Development Show a fear of strangers as they feel more attached to the familiar people around them Start to express different moods Developmental Leaps Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy 33-38 weeks – he could start to show an interest in movement and exploring his environment. He may also be able to start playing simple games and an awareness of emotions is starting to develop.   Reading Margot Sunderland Carolyn Meggitt Sue Gerhardt Vanderijt & Plooij Janine | Birth, Baby & Family Mum of three and a specialist in pregnancy, birth and parent support