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Birth to 3 months

BABY DEVELOPMENT

A baby comes to world after a 40-week life in the womb: a secure, warm and holding environment. Unlike animals, the development of human beings is not completed at birth. Some systems go through a substantial change (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory), while others (neural) continue their process of development in the outside world. Hence the importance of the first years of life of the baby…

At their encounter with the outside world, babies look for an environment providing the same feelings as the womb. Correspondingly, the objective of the first months of life is the establishment of basic trust through the mother’s provision of an environment in which the baby feels secure, warm, held and loved. This, in turn, enables a gradual transition from the womb to outside world.

SENSE OF SECURITY

First and foremost our focus is on creating a sense of security for the newborn. It might be trivial, but it is worth explicitly mentioning that holding your baby helps him/her to feel safe, secure and loved. There are different ways of holding your baby, at our workshop we discuss the pros and cons of various ways and give you insight about the importance of the cradling position. We address different reflexes that are at play in this stage of development and their influence on the security/anxiety of the baby.

PARENTAL ANXIETY

Parental anxiety is a common feeling accompanying the birth of a child. All parents wish to provide their babies the best environment, best possible ways of supporting their development so that they reach their fullest potential. This natural drive can become frustrating at times, especially when there are too many different opinions, too many books and theories; and not enough practical tools. Only two generations ago, new parents would have helpers to support them (grand-parents and other family members), to pass on their accrued knowledge through generations. However in our modern world not all parents are lucky enough to have such help due to different reasons. So they find themselves alone at home and insecure. We believe that the best way to tackle this anxiety is to gain confidence. Combining theory with practical exercises establishes and strengthens the parental bonding. It alleviates anxiety and enables parents to enjoy each stage of development with their babies.

FURTHER TOPICS

Our courses provide parents with both theoretical and practical aspects of baby development. Our focus is to offer new parents practical tools to interact with their baby in developmentally beneficial ways. At our Baby Comes Home course we touch upon further topics:

  • How to soothe my baby?
  • How to carry my baby?
  • Colicky babies
  • What is the appropriate level of external stimulation?
  • What baby accessories should we use, and when?
  • Which sort of communication do babies need at this stage?

Are you interested in knowing more? Click below to join a course. We are excited to meeting you and your little bundle of joy.