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Babies In Your Words (2)

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Being A Mum In Your Words

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New Babies In Your Words

Janine Smith Practice – where you read and talk about pregnancy, birth, babies and early parenting Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Linkedin

Can I Cuddle My Baby?

Can I Cuddle My Baby? comes up a lot especially from new mums with a baby who just wants to cling to them. This post is about baby development, your parenting instincts, what’s normal and why cuddling babies and children is not just lovely it’s crucial. In Western society babies can be seen as creatures to train and parents are encouraged to make their babies independent and self soothing. Any parent who cuddles, carries and soothes their baby can be seen as giving in, as failing, as making a rod for their own back. So, if you are asking Can I Cuddle My Baby? Here’s what the research tell us… When your baby is born  he has approximately 200 billion brain cells but there are very few connections between these cells – these connections are mainly responsible for emotional and social intelligence. 90% of brain growth takes place in the first five years of life Early stress (prolonged crying) can create negative changes in a  baby’s brain which could mean they develop an over-sensitive stress response (stress and anxiety) …

Early Days With Your Baby

The early days with your baby can be calm and quiet, giving you chance to heal and slowly adjust or it can be overwhelming and chaotic as you try to meet your baby’s needs. You need to look after yourself in those early days – rest, eat & drink regularly – and it can also help to get some support and reassurance about life with a new baby, as well as to talk through the birth of your baby. The early days can also be full of huge emotions, as your hormone levels change, your milk comes in and you might be feeling pretty sore from birth. In those early days with your baby it can be helpful to remember… to expect some chaos with no schedule – your baby’s needs will vary day by day and they are just working out their new world as well some babies are placid and adjust to life outside the womb really easily, while others need much more reassurance and all the cuddles to feel secure to get …