Think about it for a second! Imagine yourself having lived in a warm and holding environment -like the womb. And d-day comes and you leave this comfortable and secure feeling -and place-; and you are taken to the (rather cold) outside world. The fusion with your warm environment is suddenly not there. I think we can all agree that this is a drastic change… In such a way experiences a baby in the environment after birth. In order for him/her to feel “at home” the environment, first and foremost the mother’s physical and emotional attention is key. A mother by attuning to her baby’s needs and bonding with him/her sets the basis of healthy development for her baby. Here comes the importance of the skin-to-skin contact, which has been repeatedly proven to be vital in neurodevelopment as well as sensory and motor development.
You can never hold your baby “too much”. And believe me, holding him/her longer will absolutely not spoil him/her as some might think (and comment). Your touch, physical contact will communicate your baby the feeling of being taken care of, loved, and protected -among others. In my work with parents of newborns, parents often ask me best – and developmentally appropriate- ways of holding their baby. My recommendation is the cradled position. Would you like to know more about cradle hold your baby? Check the below article from First-Step Method’s founder Shai Silberbusch.
My journey towards child development started in 2009 with First-Step method, when searching a therapy for my younger son. My son greatly benefited from this method’s holistic approach to child development and had the opportunity to grow up as a happy child. My experience with this method was so convincing that I decided to spread this method both for the development of healthy children and the treatment of special needs children.
I pursued the First-Step Training to become an Early Child Development Consultant for healthy babies. Since 2012 I have been offering workshops (EN, DE, IT) and private lessons (in Zurich and Milan). My main focus is on the preventive aspects in early child development and the alleviation of parental anxiety. I offer a hands-on approach that complements the theory. Hence parents leave with a toolbox of practical exercises, which in turn brings them confidence , while supporting their babies’ development in the most effective way.
Besides my focus on healthy child development, since 2009 I have been representing the First-Step therapy for the treatment of children with special needs in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. As a point of contact of for this area, I aim at introducing as many families as possible to this method and to the First-Step team of experts. This method has given us so much as a family; I dedicated myself to share this powerful and effective way of therapy with the families of special needs children.
Becoming a parent is a unique experience; it is a process of transformation. The first years of life of a baby are unique in terms the intensity of growth and establishment of a solid base for future. Luckily, we live in a time that acknowledges the centrality of these aspects. Yet there is still plenty room for supporting new parents and babies in this special period of their life. Having witnessed the benefits of baby development workshops through my classes, my objective is to offer this opportunity to as many parents (and babies) as possible. I see great potential in working with bigger structures and institutions; such as family friendly companies, day-cares, babysitting agencies, hospitals and birth houses. I believe that cooperation would leverage our individual strengths, strengthen our ties with new parents and would benefit all parties.