Your baby is more than just asleep or awake. Your baby has six states or levels of being awake or asleep. You can recognize these states by your baby's behavior.
You may be surprised by how noisy your baby can be. Your baby will:
Temperament describes how a person responds to the world. You will see some aspects of your baby's temperament right from birth. Others will unfold as your baby grows.
Some babies have a sunny temperament and move smoothly between states. Other babies are more easily overwhelmed and find it hard to settle.
As you learn how your baby responds to situations, you will adjust how you provide care. You will soon discover how your baby likes to be carried and what kind of rocking is soothing.
If you already have a child, you may be amazed by how different your new baby's temperament is. This baby may feed more eagerly or need more holding before falling asleep. You will spend time in the first weeks after birth learning how to best take care of this baby.
It is common for babies to sleep a lot the first two or three days after they are born. They take this time to recover from the stresses of birth. This sleepiness can hide some aspects of temperament.
Attachment is the process where the baby has learned to trust the parent(s) through consistent, predictable, nurturing care. Most parents say that taking care of their baby helps them feel closer to their baby. You can't spoil your baby with love and attention.
Talk with your baby's health care provider about any questions or concerns you have about responding to your baby.
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Massage can stimulate physical, brain and sensory development. It also improves circulation and boosts the immune system.
Massage is a way to connect with your baby after work or daycare.
Consider taking an infant massage class.