Your baby may not remember much of what happens in the first 2-3 years of her life. Nonetheless, it is these early experiences that will shape who she will become and how she relates to her surroundings and other people in the future.
Amongst others, a healthy mental development enables her to regulate stress and emotions, increases her ability to form healthy relationships and helps her to develop self-worth and confidence.
With such far-reaching impact, it is essential that parents do all they can to provide a trusting, secure and reliable environment where baby can develop and thrive.
So, what can you do?
Firstly, make the time to connect and bond with your baby. Smile and talk to her; touch her often and give her lots of cuddles. As you get to know her more, you will begin to understand her cues and behaviour, which will in turn help you to respond to her needs even better!
Whenever she’s upset, comfort to her in a nurturing and consistent manner. As you soothe and guide her into a calm emotional state, you are essentially giving her the support she needs to develop her coping and self-soothing skills.
Lastly, be attentive to your own feelings and needs as a parent. Your baby is sensi-tive and can easily pick up on the changes in your emotions.
So if you need help, ask your family members or trusted friends to help out with your baby for a while. Get some rest and regain your own mental and emotional strength so you can give her the very best of you!