Like almost all parents I was lost when I had my first child. Luckily my mom took me aside and gave me some outstanding advice. Here are some of her best tips.
Babies Learn To Speak And Interact
No baby will start to talk right away. Most will take many months before they even attempt to form words and full sentences may take 12-18 months. However, your child starts to learn about language and words very early and gradually they will take that learning and teach themselves how to speak
Starting the very first few weeks after birth, your child is finding out about language. Extremely young children can discriminate between different types speech and recognize other sounds. They can tell the difference between the voices of males and the voices of females. Early one they know the voices of their own parents and other family members who are around them often and talking to them.
Babies can learn to interact and communicate long before they speak. By using different sounds and motions your child can let you know if they are happy or need something taken care of. Crying is a common form of communication, so is smiling, frowning, kicking their feet and waving their arms. Sometimes a child will stare at something intently because they are trying to tell you about it or that they want it. As they see how their parents react to different types of signals they will learn how to use them better.
Even before your child can speak to you, you need to be speaking to your child. Babies who are spoken to a lot will develop language skills much faster and will have more expanded vocabularies. Children who develop language skills earlier and have larger vocabularies tend to do much better when they get into school.
It’s A Fact. Babies Cry
Babies communicate and interact with others by crying. At first, babies will cry to let you know that they need to be fed, need to be changed or are tired. They easily figure out that their crying will bring an action on your part and the result is that their needs are met.
As they get older babies will cry for other reasons. Usually it means they are frustrated or angry and crying is their outlet. Parents learn to understand the type of crying that their child will do and know when they are hungry or when they are just frustrated and unhappy.
You won’t spoil your child by reacting when they cry. As children get older they may use tears to get something that is not really needed but most parents learn to recognize their child’s emotions. Smile, touch and talk to your child as calmly as possible when your child is upset and crying. Soon your child will understand that you will help them when they need to be fed, changed or soothed.
Different Ways To Soothe An Unhappy Baby
Every parent has had a time when there child is crying and nothing seems to calm them down. They are fed, their diaper is clean but still you have an unhappy child. This will happen with every child and you may find yourself frustrated because the usual steps just aren’t working
Babies can get agitated and upset for a variety of reasons and sometimes you need to take extra steps to help calm them down. Here are some good tips that you can try when you need to soothe your child and help them relax.
– Gently rock your child while holding them in a rocking chair.
– Lightly pat your child’s head and gently stroke their face, back and chest.
– Coo and make other soft sounds. These can be very soothing to a child.
– Talk to your baby in low, soothing tones.
– Sing softly. The tune or words won’t matter, just the sound.
– Find your child’s favorite blanket and gently wrap them in it.
Even the most competent of parents will need a break sometime from their child. This doesn’t make you a bad parent or a weak parent. This does mean that you are human and need some time away from things. There will be times that you just can’t calm and comfort your child and you will feel frustrated. Call a friend or neighbor, or a family member, and have them stay with your child for a bit. It’s perfectly understandable that all parents need a break and both the child and the parent will benefit from a break.
One basic child care tip that almost every parent already knows is that babies who are carried and held often will cry less. Research has shown that this works with babies of age birth to three.