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Choosing appropriate clothing for your infant is conducive to freedom of movement

“We hinder infants’ motor development when we dress them in ways that make it hard for them to find their natural positions and balance. We must remember that the goal is the children’s freedom to move”. Emmi Pikler As babies begin to interact with their environment and develop their mobility, it is imperative that we first provide a secure environment. This space must be 100% safe and free of any harm, therefore welcoming infants to explore confidently. To complement their natural ability to move freely, appropriate clothing plays a key role. Clothes should be comfortable and provide necessary warmth, giving infants an opportunity to carry on with their exploration. One way of showing our respect to young children is by...

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Basic care is not enough.

Through her years of research, Dr. Pikler concluded that supplying basic care to satisfy a child’s biological needs wasn’t enough. A baby needs more than that;he wants to know that he matters. Because this young baby cannot speak, he may cry to catch the adult’s attention hoping that she interprets these cries as an invitation to slow down, to engage. Most of the time, an adult is not rough in her manner of care; she simply fails to read any cues emanating from his tense body. Yet something is happening inside this baby’s brain. He is forming an image of the world. He is creating synapses; he is adapting to this care, or lack of, and deducing that the world...

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Choosing to be present

When my son was young, he often requested that I read to him “Horton hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss. I was happily surprised to see how my son ‘s literature reflected my own beliefs about respect toward others. In this book, Horton the Elephant represents kindness as he responds to a cry for help from a tiny particle of what he perceived to be dust. Throughout the story, Horton remains true to what his heart is telling him, and despite the tremendous difference in size, he goes beyond the call of duty to protect this tiny speck. After being ridiculed and criticized by his fellow animals, he is able to prove that indeed there was life inside this mote,...

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Importance of slowing down when interacting with babies and young children

There is no greater miracle than life itself. We have been blessed with the gift of being parents. How do we express to our baby or young child that we are grateful for their presence in our lives? One of the simplest ways to show how much we love them, it to slow down during all of the care related activities. This means that during every diaper change, every feeding, every time we dress her, bathe her, or put her to sleep, we are moving at a slower pace and synching ourselves to her rhythm. A baby needs time to adjust his body to what we are asking of him. As we give him anticipation to what is about to...

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