• 10 Surprising Things Your Baby Needs

    Read up to learn on what more you can provide for your baby's optimum growth and development.
    by Anna Santos-Villar .
  • 1. Even More Sleep
    Your baby needs as much snooze throughout the day without unnecessary interruptions if you want him to be more receptive to new experiences.

    2. Swaddling—Not Just For The Cuteness Factor
    Wrapping infants in a warm blanket simulates the warmth and security of a mother’s womb. Keeping them snug, with arms straight down their sides, prevents flailing and excessive movement, helping them sleep longer.

    3. Sense Of Humor
    A good sense of humor makes children happier, healthier, more resilient, spontaneous, and even smarter. It develops optimism and boosts self-esteem, too.

    4. Grooming Regimen: Helps Convert Bath-hating Babies
    Parents should start teaching little tots proper grooming early on. Keeping them clean and comfortable is a good habit to instill in early childhood.

    5. Food With A Little “Oomph”
    “Expose your baby’s taste buds to different tastes and textures by age 1 if you want them to get used to eating a variety of foods,” suggests Lacorte, mom to Lucas and Emilio.

    6. More Play Time With Daddy
    Fathers have a unique way of catching baby’s attention—making your little one laugh and chuckle like no one else can.

    7. More Chatter
    Talking to babies jumpstarts their language development and establishes a strong foundation for a lasting intimate relationship between parent and child. Your baby picks up the cadence and tones of your voice and will know you are someone he can trust.

    8. Rules
    Be firm when you say no, as you set safety guidelines for your baby. Establishing clear boundaries is imperative if you want to teach them how to stay within limits. Speak in a firm and serious tone when addressing misbehavior or when stressing a rule with your child. Remain firm even if he or she begins to whimper and cry; sometimes it’s the only way to get your message across.

    Remember to discuss basic discipline strategies with your spouse and agree on appropriate consequences to give your child. You need to be consistent if you want your kids to respect and adhere to the rules you set.

    9. A Chance To Feel Frustrated
    Know when to run to your child’s rescue, and when to stay back and let him deal with a frustrating incident.
    Trust your own parenting instincts to know when to help and when to let your child practice autonomy.

    10. Some “Me” Time
    Just like adults, babies need as much time to unwind and relax, and not have to deal and interact with anyone. From this downtime, they learn how to soothe and entertain themselves on their own. Take advantage of this time alone and do your own “alone time” stuff, too.
    l Archie David, Jr., occupational therapist and executive director, Independent Living and Learning Center, Mandaluyong City
    l Karina Lacorte, preschool teacher and school head, H.A.N.Ds of Children Pre-School, Quezon City
    l Mother of All Parenting Books, by Ann Douglas
    l Websites: kidshealth.com , parenting.com

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