Of all the stages in a child’s growth and development, even before thinking of baby names, parents are particularly challenged during the period of infancy, primarily became babies are unable to communicate their needs verbally. This is part of parenting babies. Even if they cannot say that they are hungry or in pain, babies do have ways by which they convey their needs to their moms and dads. Let us take a look at some valuable parenting tips for infants that will help make this period enjoyable, rewarding, and as stress-free as possible.
Parenting Advice for Babies
The first step is to always be in close contact with your baby. This enables a strong bond to form between the parents and the infant. It also fosters feelings of comfort in the baby, making for less fussy kids. If you are quick to respond and to comfort them whenever they cry, they will be more at ease and confident about their surroundings.
The next step is to observe any behaviors or subtle nuances in your baby. While they cannot speak, babies do cry and can utilize body language. For example, babies that pee or poop in their diaper usually create a huge fuss. But some parents recognize signs that their baby will be answering the call of nature when their faces turn red from the strain of moving their bowels. Other infants will suddenly stay still as they urinate and then squirm and wiggle restlessly when they are done.
As distressful as crying can be, you need to recognized the specific circumstances when your baby starts to cry. Your baby commonly bursts into tears and cries whenever he or she is hungry. Check the time intervals between feedings so that you can already predict when your infant will become hungry again. Of course, babies also cry when their diaper needs changing. Crying is also a sign that your baby is not feeling well. A good example is the tummy ache that accompanies colic or baby teething. Babies that have physical ailments tend to cry for longer durations and their cries tend to be higher-pitched and ear-piercing.
If your baby starts crying for no discernible reason, examine him or her closely. Check the temperature for fever. See if they have a cold or cough. Inspect their pee or poop for changes in quality, such as bloody urine or loose, foul-smelling diarrhea. It can also be the stone-hard stools of constipation. Babies that persistently cry with or without obvious signs or symptoms need to be brought to the pediatrician for a thorough check-up.
Some parents have the erroneous belief that babies cry in order to manipulate them into giving them what they want. At such a tender age, babies don’t know the concept of manipulation. They cry because they need your help and want to be comforted.
If you want your baby to be able to communicate with you verbally at a much sooner time, do not speak to him or her in baby talk. “Ooh”, “Aah”, “Goo goo” and “Gaa gaa” are big no-no’s because these words don’t mean anything. Speak normally to your baby. If they hear certain words often, they will be able to learn the language much faster. This is how they learn to speak “Mama” or “Dada” first.
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