POSITIVE PARENTING TIPS
Following are some things you, as a parent, can do to help your baby during this time:
-Talk to your baby. She will find your voice calming.
-Answer when your baby makes sounds by repeating the sounds and adding words. This will help him learn to use language.
-Read to your baby. This will help her develop and understand language and sounds.
-Sing to your baby and play music. This will help your baby develop a love for music and will help his brain development.
-Praise your baby and give her lots of loving attention.
-Spend time cuddling and holding your baby. This will help him feel cared for and secure.
-Play with your baby when she’s alert and relaxed.
-Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that she can take a break from playing.
-Distract your baby with toys and move him to safe areas when he starts moving and touching things that he shouldn’t touch.
-Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Parenting can be hard work! It is easier to enjoy your new baby and be a positive, loving parent when you are feeling good yourself.
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention