The worst fear of a new mommy is not able to adequately fulfill the needs of her baby. There is a simple solution to this. All you need is to know what your child needs at every stage of his/her development. This will make it a lot easier for you to be there for your little one and give him/her a wholesome upbringing. A great guide is Erikson’s basic stages of development. It gives you a nice idea of what emotional changes your little one will go through as he/she grows and how you can facilitate that growth in a healthy way.
Of course, Erikson’s stages of development are something you have to continuously work on for the long term. You don’t have to do anything fancy or exotic. You needn’t always buy expensive baby gifts or plan elaborate activities to bond with a one-week-old baby; there are simpler things that you can do for your baby every day. In fact, it is as simple as catering to his/her basic needs of shelter, sleep, and food.
Staying At Home (Shelter)
For all you new Mommies out there, let it be stated now that the best way to ensure that your baby’s needs are taken care of is by staying at home with your baby 24/7. Being a full-time mother is hands down the most challenging (and most rewarding) job. The benefits and rewards that you will experience will far outweigh any sacrifices you may have to make along the way.
Learning with your baby is, by far, the most amazing experience. While you learn how to look for cues that your baby needs something, your baby will, in turn, learn that certain cues seem to give results. And so the communication will begin.
Babies with fully dedicated mothers are often less fussy, less prone to throwing tantrums, and generally present a happy and satisfied disposition.
There are conflicting theories regarding co-sleeping with new babies. Some say it is a bad sleeping habit that fosters overdependence; others say it makes it harder to move the baby to another room later on. But why focus on the bad?
Co-sleeping with a new baby not only strengthens bonding but also instills in him/her feelings of safety, love, and belongingness. These emotions are extremely important at the early stages.
If you are worried about your little one becoming over-dependent, don’t be. The truth is that “needy” or “clingy” children are the result of continuous neglect from parents. Babies who are given plenty of attention and love feel a lot more confident to play by themselves or go off and do their own thing.
Consider opting for a cot like this one – the BabyBay Maxi Cot – just one of the many amazing baby items we have to offer. You can co-sleep with your little one while still giving you and the hubby enough personal space.
Sharing Meals (Food)
What we generally tend to do is make sure our baby is fed and changed and satisfied until we sit down to a peaceful meal. But what if you shared mealtimes with your baby? You can use this time to teach your little one how to eat independently while also being able to enjoy a meal and spend some quality time together. Granted, this may take a little extra effort on your part, and you will also be subjected to not-so-peaceful mealtimes, but with aBaby’s