You can help your child learn and be happier, and make your life less stressful, just by
following these five simple guidelines:
Understand and respond to your baby's needs.You can't "spoil" an infant so go to
her when she fusses or cries. By responding to your baby's cues, you teach her that you
care about her needs and that she can trust you. Ignoring a baby's needs can do harm
by causing stress levels to rise. You may not always understand your baby's cues, but be
patient. This is a learning process for both you and your baby. If she likes what you are
doing, you know you are getting it right.
Take care of yourself so you can take care of your child. Becoming a parent can be
overwhelming and exhausting. Unless you take care of yourself, you will have a hard time
taking good care of your child. For this reason, it is important to have support from
friends, family or community organizations. Do not be afraid to ask for help caring for
Talk, sing, and read to your child. Let your child hear your voice as much as
possible. The young brain is especially interested in sound. You can form a deep
emotional connection between you and your child by simply sharing the sound of your voice.
Sounds are also important to a child because they are the building blocks of speech and
Create a predictable world for your child. Providing routines and expected
responses gives your child a sense that the world is a trustworthy place. It also
teaches him that he can depend on you. If your child understands this, he will spend less
energy fussing over his needs and more time learning. Routines can include basic
activities like feeding and bathing.
Provide a warm and loving environment. Helping your child feel safe and secure
is the key to encouraging growth and development. A child who feels loved will have an
easier time learning about the world around her. Therefore, make sure you interact with
your child, providing love and affection.