Newborns and Infants
Welcome to Planet Parenthood, where the sleep is scarce but the love will blow you away. How does it feel to be party to a miracle? Bringing a baby into the world is a sacred act. No less sacred is the work ahead, where you and your baby, together, create an intimate relationship that will become the foundation of his emotional health for the rest of his life.
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How amazing! You Have a New Baby! Now What? In this section, you'll find your new baby's developmental tasks, your priorities, and a simple Parents' Gameplan for stress-free coping, all set up to make your life easier when you've only had an hour of sleep and you've got two minutes to read.
All babies cry, and some cry a lot. Secrets from experienced parents, to prevent as well as soothe crying. And reassurance that this too shall pass, and someday soon you will have a perfectly cheerful, happy baby!
No mincing words here: Breastfeeding is better if you can do it. The research on why.
Nursing 101: A step by step primer to get you started.
Best Breastfeeding Books: Since it takes a village.
Women’s oxytocin levels after the birth of their baby -- and even during pregnancy -- predict their bonding behavior with their baby. Quite simply, the more oxytocin you produce, the more loving and attentive you are to your baby. So if you don't have high oxytocin levels, are you just fated to be a lousy mother, and your kids are out of luck? Or are there ways for us to increase our oxytocin levels?
Because when it's 3 a.m. and your baby's crying, what else really matters?
To Ferber or not to Ferber, that is the question. A unabashedly biased view for sleep-deprived parents.
Guest article by Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problemsand other great books about kids and sleep.
Is your child a cat-napper? Does your baby fall asleep being fed, while in a car seat, sling, rocker, or someone’s arms? When transferred to bed, does your baby then sleep 30 to 50 minutes? That’s the exact length of one sleep cycle. These factors combined define the main cause of mini-naps: an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep without aid – your baby wakes fully at the end of the first sleep cycle, resulting in a too-short nap. I refer to this problem as One-Cycle Sleep Syndrome (OCSS). This leads us to understand the reason that many babies are cat-nappers and also directs us to potential solutions.
Every baby is different and some simply have very strong comfort sucking needs. Most of the time, those needs are met by breastfeeding, but there are plenty of breast-fed babies who still need to suck their thumbs.
Babies are born ready to engage with their environment. We recognize the voices we have heard in utero for so long, picking them out of the chaos of sound that greets us. Within a day, we recognize their smell...We begin, immediately, to orient ourselves to our special humans, we greet them with adoration, and with the expectation that we ourselves will be cherished. Humans are born ready to love, and to be loved.....
It is completely natural for your child to be jealous of a new baby. In fact, I doubt there is a child in the world who has not been jealous when a new sibling arrives. Your goal is to help your child manage that jealousy so love has a chance to grow, and to win out.
Anything you can do while you're pregnant to prepare your child will be helpful. Your goal is to get her excited about the baby, and feeling connected to it, even before it is born.
Feeling a little anxious? We've been there. Some fantastic books to help you in developing your own parenting style.
Attachment parenting is a style of parenting based on responding to a baby’s needs, which in infancy include keeping the baby in close proximity to the parent. Includes a Q and A and suggestions on getting started.