Parenting Tips For The First 2 Years
As a parent on must remember that your child’s greatest lessons will be learned by watching you. We just want to remind you; each day is a growing opportunity not just for your baby but also for you.
“Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything.” – Jill Smokler
As parents, its our duty to provide them a good start with life, nurture them, protect them and guide them. Parenting is an on-going process that helps your child become self-sufficient and self-reliant. There are numerous things you can do to assist your child as he or she grows and develops.
The term "environment" encompasses both the physical and social surroundings; you, as a parent, and the nursery are both part of the social environment (other children and educators). It's crucial that the social environment is supportive, nurturing, and encouraging. In this way, children are free to explore while keeping safe.
Here are some parenting tips you can keep in mind for the first 2 years after your baby is born.
- Allow your baby to see, hear, move around freely, and touch you. Your baby's arms and legs should move in a disjointed manner. Your infant will gradually learn to control her movements.
- Look your infant in the eyes and smile back when he smiles. Your kid should respond favourably to your facial expressions, movements, and gestures.
- Soft tones and 'baby talk' are the best ways to communicate with your baby. The new-born should be communicated with by the father, mother, and other caretakers. As they can hear you they will begin to memorise and copy your words soon after.
- Change the tone of your voice gradually. Slower/quicker, higher/lower, and quieter/louder are all options. You should watch your baby's face and body for reactions, as well as how he interacts with you.
- Shake a rattle or bell in front of your baby while she is on her stomach. Slowly lift the rattle and encourage her to watch it move by lifting her head and shoulders. Your baby will be able to follow the rattle with her eyes and practise elevating her head and shoulders as a result of this.
- Soothe, stroke, and hold your infant gently. Your infant will feel soothed and content to be carried and caressed.
- Make direct skin-to-skin contact. Your baby should feel safe and secure when he or she senses, hears, or smells your presence.