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  • How To Nurture A Happy Baby

    Bring out the best in your baby and you. Jamie Ilao takes us through 5 Happy-Baby ingredients.
    by Jamie Ilao .
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    Communication

    According to Laurie Makin and Marian Whitehead, authors of How To Develop Children’s Early Literacy, communication is possible with babies through nonverbal language like eye contact, exaggerated facial expressions, and even noise. Experts also say that with a baby’s amazingly sensitive sense of hearing, it is already possible for them to recognize a familiar voice and be soothed by it.

    Engaging in a “conversation” with your baby brings about pleasure and excitement, which your baby expresses through giggles, grunts, and other similar noises. Kathy Munsayac, mom to Jay, age 9, Kiann, age 3, and Juan, age 2, shares that engaging babies in conversation is a way of providing love and security for her children.

     

    A Nurturing Environment

    You’ve probably already noticed what your child’s natural temperament is like. Your little one may seem happier than others, or the other way around. Either way, it is important to realize that the temperament your baby seems to be born with isn’t necessarily permanent. Pediatrician Batac-Dizon explains that this can be formed: “Babies are different and must be treated as individuals. The important thing is, they should be exposed to a happy household or family environment to help them adapt to this kind of atmosphere,” she states.

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    The “Cooking” Process

    The main element that parents must consider in completing this recipe is TIME. This is what binds the ingredients together and ultimately determines how happy the child is. The more time you spend with your baby, the more opportunity you’ll have to discover what makes her tick or laugh. As much as possible, make time for playing, reading, and other light but fun activities you can do together (painting, strolling around the neighborhood, etc.)

    According to baby book author Morrow, parents, especially working mothers, should consciously make an effort to come home early enough to have their babies see, smell, and touch them. However, Dr. Batac-Dizon underscores that quality time is equally or even more crucial than length of time spent. A stressed or exhausted parent will make poor company even if he or she stays beside the baby all day.

     

    The Happy Signs

    A happy baby will exhibit the following tells or signs:

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    • full of smiles; rarely cries or throws tantrums; not irritable
    • not timid or scared of new situations or people
    • socializes well, playful
    • not violent or aggressive
    • affectionate and malambing
    • healthy; well nourished; sleeps and eats well

     

    Sources:

    • Charo Batac-Dizon, M.D., pediatrician
    • Suzette Kho, Kindermusik educator
    • Literacy Development in the Early Years by Lesley Mandel Morrow, 1996
    • How to Develop Childrens Early Literacy by Laurie Makin and Marian Whitehead, 2004
    • Websites: ezinearticles.com; labouroflove.org

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