To have the confidence to explore the world, babies need to feel safe and loved. They need to know that someone will be there to help them if they need it.
Building attachment with your baby is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. How? By cuddling, loving and holding your baby. Always respond to your baby. This will give your baby the confidence to explore and learn.
The way you respond to your baby influences how your baby will relate to other people in life.
Listening to your baby means understanding and following cues. Watch your baby’s posture, hands and eye movement. Is your baby alert or is your baby sleepy?
Get to know your baby’s likes and dislikes. Let your baby lead you to the things that your baby finds exciting or soothing.
The more you follow your baby’s interests, the longer your baby will stay focused. More learning takes place when your baby is interested.
Self-regulation is an important skill for children to have. Self-regulation is being the boss of your behavior, emotions and attention. Help children learn to adjust their emotions and behaviours. This helps them to cope with changing situations in a positive way.
Infant self-regulation is developed when adults help babies soothe themselves.
Parents can help their toddler observe the surroundings, listen, understand consequences, use words and actions to explain their needs, and problem solve. These will help deal with problems in life. They will also keep the toddler in a calm and alert state. A calm and alert state will help with learning.
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