Preview the new Recipes for Growing Me—9 month edition!
December 23, 2019
As the saying goes, “all you need is love” 💕. This couldn't be truer for your baby during infancy! At this stage, all your baby cares about is you and the physical and social world around them, so the best thing you can do is relax and simply enjoy being with your little one. Creating a nurturing and loving relationship is based on emotional connection and is an essential building block to your baby’s development and learning.
History has shown us the many theorists who have examined the importance of relationships in infancy: Freudians who proposed that attention can establish personality traits; Erikson theorists who analyzed how experience through crises can impact later stages of development; Watson and Skinner who looked at behaviour patterns resulting from simple learned patterns in infancy , and today—seeing hospitals create ‘hugging programs’ for infants to experience the power of human touch if/when parents are not present. The one underlying commonality is early experiences in infancy can either have a positive or negative effect on later development. Create positive bonding experiences with your baby by:
Tidbit for your Tiny OneMany theorists argue that the attachment pattern set in infancy has very little variability in the future ; therefore, setting the stage at this precious time is critical for a long-lasting healthy relationship between you and your baby.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
In our book, Recipes for Growing Me ~6-months, we’ve highlighted the special bonding that happens between a mother and their baby in the womb. Some people may not get to experience this, however, there are many other special ways your baby can bond with others and make new beginnings the greatest beginnings!
And please don’t forget my heart is for...you!I have heard your heartbeat And you have heard mineLove me forever And I will always be fine
Start bonding with your baby today! And remember…don’t hog the blog! Share it with friends, caregivers or new moms and dads :)
Happy Holidays!Sarah & Karen
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 Bornstein (2014). Human Infancy…and the Rest of the Lifespan. Annual Review Psychology; 65: 121-158.
 Bornstein (2014). Human Infancy… and the Rest of the Lifespan. Annual Review Psychology; 65: 121-158.
 Bergman, N.J., Ludwig, R., Westrup, B., Welch, M. (2019). Nuturscience versus neuroscience: A case for rethinking perinatal mother-infant behaviors and relationship. Birth Defects Research. May 2019: 1-18.
 American Academy of Pediatrics. (2014). Council on Early Childhood. Pediatrics, Vol. 134 (2).
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Responsive feeding involves understanding your baby’s cues regarding feeding—and responding to them appropriately. It sets the foundation for healthy eating habits and leads to developing the skills necessary for self-control and management of food intake. This includes ‘responsive parenting’—the positive interactions you have with your baby (including, but not limited to food) that lead to a mutual understanding and bond that results in optimal feeding behaviours, as well as secure relationships and better cognitive and language development.
They grow up so fast!
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