The Challenge: Now that you don't have a brand new baby, you expect yourself to pull your life together and get a grip. NOT likely! So what should be a priority?
Your challenge? Learning everything about your baby when he was delivered without an owner's manual -- and as soon as you figure it out, he changes! Renegotiating your entire life. Here's a parent's gameplan.
What do babies need? Their parents. Not the cute baby clothes you got at the shower. Not the baby swing, or seat, or crib. Not even diapers. You may need all that. But your baby needs his parents.
Research indicates that stimulating age-appropriate toys will help children to more fully develop their physical, cognitive and creative abilities. If you've browsed the aisles of any toy store lately you probably know that selecting the right toy can be a difficult undertaking.
Your baby's brain is primed to intake a great deal of information. Author Linda Acredo of Baby Minds presents several creative suggestions for stimulating your baby's development at age appropriate levels.
Recognizing developmental delay early on is extremely important. Can you depend on health care providers to recognize delays or other indications of abnormal development? Actually, they depend on you!
It's thought that there are critical windows of opportunity for the various stages of development. Some of the windows open earlier and likewise, some relatively later. If you understand the time frame for optimal development, you'll be able to give your child the stimulation he or she needs.
For a nursing mother, making the decision to take medicine to treat this depression is tricky. We know some medicines are not safe to take when nursing; others are okay. For most medicines, there is not enough known to do better than make an educated guess. Most of the antidepressants fall into this last category.
Human beings appear to have approximately nine built-in feelings at birth. These findings are based on the work of researchers such as Darwin, Demos, Ekman, Izard, Nathanson, and, especially, Tomkins. These feelings later combine with each other and experience to form our complex emotional life. Understanding these feelings and how they work can make a world of difference for you and your baby.
by Dianne I. Maroney