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Infancy is the shortest of all developmental periods, All he needs is LOVE

Infancy begins with the birth of the baby; it is the shortest of all developmental period. It is the time when the fetus adjusts to the life outside the uterine walls of the mother where it has lived for approximately nine months.

New born infant has to make four major adjustments to postnatal life and must make it quickly to survive. These adjustments are temperature changes, to sucking and swallowing, to breathing and to elimination.

Difficulty to adjustment is shown by loss of weight, disorganized behavior and infant mortality.

Infants make major adjustments before they can get into developmental progress.  How quickly and how successfully newborn infants will adjust to postnatal life is greatly influenced by parental attitudes.

Once adjusted the baby naturally develops at a quite incredible pace – but at the same time every achievement that he makes, every milestone that he passes is intricately bound up with all you do to make sure he is happy, secure and loved.

The most important point to remember as your baby grows is that babies develop at different rates. Like all babies your newborn will smile, lift his head, babble and grab things at specific times – but your baby is also unique. He won’t do something just because some study says or because you want him to. “The right time” will be when he is ready. Charts and guides like this only offer general guides to how babies develop. You cannot speed up the developmental timetable, but if you are giving your baby lots of love and care, you giving him exactly what he needs: the resources to develop at his own pace.

All he needs is LOVE

Your baby’s development doesn’t happen in isolation from rest of the world; he can only learn and progress by being part of it. Having you, your partner, siblings, friends and family members there is fundamental to his learning and development.

Not only does he learn by example, he needs acknowledgement, love and encouragement from people around him in order to reach his full potential. So by doing what comes naturally- cuddling him, talking to him, going to him when he cries and interacting with him – you are giving him a sense of security and confidence that allows him to blossom.

An infant needs stimulation of different areas of their bodies and of different sense organs if they are to develop as they should, they need to be picked up, rocked, talked to and snuggled.

You are developing too

“New Parents Blues” follow you too. Parents who have previous experience in caring for baby, who have taken courses in prenatal course or have baby sat older siblings or neighbors’ children have more confidence in assuming the parental role than those who lack such experiences.

The more quickly the mother recovers after new born birth, more confident she will be of her ability to fulfill her maternal role.

As your baby learns to do more and more, your skills as a parent will adapt to meet his new needs. By your baby’s four month birthday, you will probably have established a daily routine for him, revolving around feeding, napping, going for a walk in the park or to the shops, bathing and going to sleep at night. A routine will help you both feel secure and confident, and will provide the foundations of your life together as a family.

Playing is learning

Playing with your baby is not only fun, it provides the fabric of your baby’s learning experiences. Every time you play or interact with him, you are not simply entertaining him, you’re teaching him invaluable lessons about himself, about you, and about the world. For E.g. Shaking a rattle for your new baby, you are helping him learn to focus, as well as introducing him to the concept of cause and effect- after a while he will begin to understand that shaking the rattle is what makes the noise.

During these six months of change, your support, encouragement and love can do more than anything else to help your baby blossom. But understanding how your baby develops is vital to helping you tune into his needs and give him what he wants.

Over the next few months your baby is going to learn astonishing amount. She will discover how to sit, crawl and maybe walk how to pick up a small object, how to recognize her family, point to what she needs or make you laugh- and that’s just for starters!

During this period you might be engaged in various rituals and practices done as per your religious beliefs. Naming is one such identity giving ritual common to every belief. While naming your new born following be born in mind. A name might have a potential barrier in social adjustment of child at later age.

      •   Too common name should be avoided so that it doesn’t contribute to Lack of personal identity.
      • Unusual name that make the individual feel conspicuous be avoided.
      • Names associated with the comic characters are ignored.
      • Names difficult to pronounce and spell are rejected.
      • Names leading to embarrassing nicknames are strike off.
      • Old Fashioned name be dropped.

Stay tuned in with various articles on Child’s development. These articles are meant to guide you based on scientific and psychological basis.

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