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Qualifications of Parenthood

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Parents are qualified! You may not have a certificate or a license but you were an infant once, a young child, remember? And as a product of your own infancy, you as parents can feel what to do. So go with that. It is important to know certain things about how infants behave. Infants need prompt attention. They can’t wait. It’s important that they get prompt attention when they cry because crying for the young infant is talking. Soothing an infant can be problematic for parents. They aren’t sure just how to make the crying behavior stop. One very effective way is to cross the infant’s arms over the chest and let him or her soothe themselves in that way. Because after all,  in the first 3 months of life, infants do need to learn some self-regulation.

Babies are born with 206 skeletal muscles and 300 billion brain cells so they have a lot of competency built right into them from the moment of birth. They develop from top to bottom head to toe. Their head comes into voluntary control first followed by the neck then the trunk of the body followed by the upper extremities and the lower extremities. Babies are truly amazing. Infants and toddlers are born ready to learn. I think I’ll give this baby something to play with.

Ages and Stages

Most often parents aren’t experts at the ages and stages of child development. But child development is a fascinating field. There is only one good reason for me to give you a short course in early intimate development and that is so that as your children get older you will see the relationship to their health, their general physical condition and their mental development in terms of the sensory information that infants need in order to learn.

Drawing a picture

I’ll start by giving you a visual picture of an infant and think as I am talking about the fact that babies and very young children do think. They think through their senses and remember that there physical development and their mental condition is dependent on good exercise and good nutrition.

Let me start then by drawing an infant in the flux position, which means the legs are often bent, arms are down and up. But the most important thing I want you to think about is that they have a body and brain and that infants think. They think through their sensory input, leading to sensory activity.

On one side we have IN and one side we have OUT. The outside, remember is the activity that the infant produces on his/her own. Infants do produce their own development. And on the inside remember that this is the area where we as parents need to provide a lot of stimulation and a lot of high energy involvement with our infants, toddlers and children.

So let’s just do this on the basis of the five senses. And first we’ll talk about seeing. Infants definitely need to be nurtured and stimulated by providing a lot of objects for baby to see, and if they do that the output is good visual attention. If the infant is provided with lots of stimulation on looking and hearing then the infant will in fact have a good deal of auditory, listening output. They will be able to turn to a sound and a start to coo and babble, they try to develop their language skills at a very young age. Even three month olds coo and five to seven month olds babble their brains out.

Ask Dr. Susan