Parenting tips for parents with newborns

The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.

Having a safe and loving home and spending time with family?playing, singing, reading, and talking?are very important. Proper nutrition, exercise, and rest also can make a big difference.

Here are some tips you, as a parent, can do to help your baby during this time:

Talk to your baby. She will find your voice calming.

Answer when your baby makes sounds by repeating the sounds and adding words. This will help him learn to use language.

Read to your baby. This will help her develop and understand language and sounds.

Sing to your baby and play music. This will help your baby develop a love for music and will help his brain development.

Praise your baby and give her lots of loving attention.

Spend time cuddling and holding your baby. This will help him feel cared for and secure.

Play with your baby when she’s alert and relaxed. Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that she can take a break from playing.

Distract your baby with toys and move him to safe areas when he starts moving and touching things that he shouldn’t touch.

Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Parenting can be hard work! It is easier to enjoy your new baby and be a positive, loving parent when you are feeling good yourself.

Learn to be a good parent.

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Dr. Anil Singhal MD (Homeo)