Raising a Happy and Healthy Baby

Posted by dgglozman on March 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Hey, I am happy to be back with my blog entries and extremely excited for it to become a ‘meeting place’ for mommies and daddies who would like to share their experience and thoughts on how to raise happy and healthy babies.

Now that the festivities of the baby shower are history and you and your significant other have passed through the most exciting and stressful day of your life – when you first saw your little one’s face, you enter a new chapter in your life: Raising Your Baby. 

Most new mothers will readily admit that having a baby for the first time is not just a joyous occasion, but an exciting and frightening time as well. There are many new issues that will make themselves known and without outside guidance from a trusted source, the fright side of motherhood can become overwhelming.

The bookstore shelves are crammed with titles on how to raise a smart, happy, healthy, strong, well-behaved baby. You can certainly choose the shopping cart approach to your infant’s development. But the experts are now starting to look more broadly at the first few months of the baby’s life. I think it would be helpful if you do, too.

The key in stimulating emotional and intellectual growth in your baby is your own behaviour— what you do, what you don't do, how you scold, how you reward and how you show affection. If the baby's brain is the hardware, then you, the parents, provide the software. When you understand the hardware (your baby's brain), you will be better able to design the software (your own behavior) to promote baby's well-being. According to the Psychology Today Magazine, “The first two years of life are critical in this regard because that's when your baby is building the mental foundation that will dictate his or her behaviour through adulthood.” It is the emotional quality of the relationship you and your baby have that will stimulate his or her optimal growth, emotionally and intellectually.

Certainly, you want your child to grow normal and ‘fit in’, however with today ‘s competition for selective schools and social pressure, the parents tend to start their kids education earlier and out of their best intentions the race for “superbaby” is on. Pushing your baby to learn words, numbers, colors and shapes too early forces the child to use lower-level thinking processes, rather than develop his or her learning ability. As a parent, you are able to observe your baby in his/her day-to-day development and see if they are emotionally ready to move on to the next step.

Until our next hello, be well and practice on your ‘mommy or daddy jigs’…..

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