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Tips for New Moms: Nurturing Your Baby’s Development

mom-and-babyAs new moms we often wonder if we are doing enough to help our baby’s development (among many other mommy worries). There are a number of things we can do to support our newborn’s healthy development, and the good news is that it is not rocket science . . . it includes things we do every day!

What’s going on with your baby: During the first two months of your baby’s life, he or she is learning to regulate his or her eating and sleeping patterns and emotions.

What you can do: Soothe your baby. When you respond to your baby’s cries and meet his or her needs, you show your love and are helping your baby to learn the skills necessary to eventually soothe him- or herself.

What’s going on with your baby: Newborns use their body movements, sounds, and facial expressions to communicate their feelings and needs.

What you can do: Observe carefully and figure out what your baby is trying to tell you and respond accordingly. Even if you are unable to get your baby to stop crying, the mere act of responding makes your baby feel important. Also, talk and sing to your baby often and pay attention to the sights and sounds he or she likes.

What’s going on with your baby: Even newborn babies can play. Play helps babies learn about the world around them and to connect with you.

What you can do: Play tracking games by moving your hand and objects back and forth across baby’s field of vision. Watch your baby follow first with his or her eyes and then start to move his or her head from side to side.

Sources:  American Academy of Pediatrics and ZERO TO THREE–the nation’s leading resource on the first three years of life.

Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms,” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.

Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.

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