My mentor Janet Lansbury says the most important thing for a new parent to know is:
- “Pay real attention to your babies when you are feeding, diapering and bathing them. Don’t be on the phone while you’re nursing.
- Talk to babies about what you are doing together. Include them.
- Then, when they are peacefully looking off at a corner of the room, don’t interrupt. Those periods when a baby is involved in thought will stretch longer and longer and will be the beginning of the independent playtime you will want to cultivate.
She says, “Set up a safe area for the baby’s uninterrupted play time. That play time will become your ‘break’ time, while your child explores his environment, creates, and learns. A simple, safe environment is a stimulating enough place for a baby, so don’t waste your energy entertaining. And, especially, don’t get a baby hooked on TV.”
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