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Creating Positive Experience With Babies

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At home or at child care settings, there are many easy ways to encourage positive behavior in young babies.

It’s a fact that infants like to roam and explore. They definitely do not like to sit and do what they are told. So parents need to set up toys and materials and equipment that are clean safe and interesting. Toys that vary in shape and size.

Turn older babies loose in a specific area of a room where untouchables and unsafe objects have been removed. Arrange pieces of equipment away from corners of sharp edges. Give your baby freedom and do not over protect them let him do the work. Never do for a baby what he can do for himself. Babies will learn to figure out how to use push toys and string. They use depth perception and visual sharpness in order to fit toys together. Toddlers need to have a measure of control over there own actions.

Use low sets of open shelves for infants which contain lots of clean objects so that the creepers and crawlers can choose there own play toys. Babies who have these positive experiences are resourceful and happy and less irritable.

Indoors or Outdoors children need the freedom and permission to get messy. It’s really ok if young children play in the mud, with sand and the water it helps them to test there environment and to learn different problem solving skills.

Parents can get a lot of information about there own child’s temperament by taking them to different places. Taking trips to the stores and to the malls. Even in the supermarket there's a lot to learn about a child's behavior. A supermarket is a good place for parents to practice giving children positive attention. No nagging or criticizing. There is so much to learn in this familiar environment. It is a time and place for talking, for choosing and practicing good behavior. Point to and name objects, and even read labels. 

Most of us cannot do this job without support and help. Your community has the resources to help you make that job easier. All cities have educational, social, and health human services, preschools, nursery schools, church schools, head start, home start, parent education programs, mental health centers, well baby clinics, associations for education of young children, public library’s, community colleges, counseling services, domestic relations court, cooperative extensions services, home health care services, information and referral hotlines. Contact your child’s librarian for resources that you might need.

Ask Dr. Susan