A Few Helpful Tips in Raising a Baby
Having a baby is a wonderful experience. Women who make the decision to have a child for the first time are in for countless changes and challenges. Well-meaning friends and relatives who have `been there’ may offer pieces of advice (some practical, some absurd), but a lot depends on the mother herself. Parents who are raising a child for the first time need to go beyond themselves and nurture another human being. As somebody once said, having your own kid is like having your heart go traipsing around on the outside of your body. How a parent nurtures a toddler can have a big impact on the child’s later development.
Beyond shopping for cute infant stuff and organic items, from bed sets to feeding and bathing equipment to quality kiddie furniture, parents need to ensure their child’s emotional and intellectual growth. The first two years of life or formative years (when brain functions are developing at a rapid pace) are especially important. Moms and dads need to lay down the mental and emotional foundation that’ll largely determine their child’s behavior through the adult years.
A mother is usually a child's first teacher. Way before the child begins formal schooling, it’s good to create a caring and nurturing environment. Every step of the way, a child’s self-esteem needs to be boosted. New moms may be pulled apart or confused by ‘new thinking’ and `old thinking’ methods of rearing kids. While stimulating a baby with quality developmental toys (and other stimuli the child may be exposed to) may be fine, it may not be a good idea to force toddlers to learn the alphabet, numbers, and shapes in such a way that it dampens curiosity. Parents may help build the emotional skills of a toddler in several ways. Use play to show tots how to respond to their feelings. One way is by using stuffed animals and use pretend play (to show various emotions). Young kids, as much as possible, should also not be scorned and shouted at for wrong attempts. Moms can ingrain in their kids that that failure is only deferred success. That way the kid will grow up never giving up or always trying. Moms may also help their growing child relate to other kids. In so doing, the child will learn how to interact, handle conflict, and build lasting personal relationships.
A surefire way to encourage both mental and emotional development is through fun-filled activities. If you have a little girl, a play kitchen may be used for a game of make-believe. A quality play kitchen set can keep tots occupied and happy. It can also allow bonding time with mom or a sibling. A kitchen play set with clay or dough also enables a child to create simple figures or shapes using the dough. Mini cameras or computers with sounds may also encourage young kids’ interest in computers.
Reading books to your child also helps spur imaginative thinking. On top of that, it’s a great way to lull your toddler into restful slumber. Speaking of sleep, your baby will need lots of peaceful sleep to help in the development of muscles, limbs, and skeletal structure. If your bundle of joy tends to be fussy, gently stroke, rock, cuddle or sing a lullaby to let the infant settle down. Hand in hand with adequate sleep is good nutrition. Train your child to develop healthy eating habits early. Work with your pediatrician to rule out allergies or conditions such as Celiac disease and give your child the most nutritious foods. Smart moms usually devise ways to serve food with kid appeal. These are but a few tips that may help in raising children in the modern age.