Babies need positive attention and guidance to grow healthy and happy. In your baby’s first year you may have many questions about guidance and discipline.

The first years of your child’s life are critical for healthy development. You may be faced with hundreds of parenting decisions in the early years about sleeping, nourishing and caring for your baby. The experiences your child has in these very first years will certainly play a role in shaping the adult they will become.

More than anything else, your relationship and presence impacts the way your baby feels, learns and grows. 

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Social and Emotional Baby Development

While your baby can’t talk yet to express feelings and needs, your baby is communicating with you often. With smiles, eye contact, and even how your baby clings into your arms is a way of expressing needs.  These are early social and emotional skills that are still in development. As your baby  grows these skills will mature and help your child understand and navigate her world.

The first year of development for your baby is amazing. Your baby will learn to move, to find parts of her body and how to use it. Your baby will be watching you to understand your emotional reactions, facial expressions and how to use words.

Stimulating Baby and Learning

Everything your baby hears, sees, smells, touches, feels and tastes in these early months stimulates the brain. Positive attention, playful interactions,  calm responses from you all reinforce safety, security and well-being.

Simple baby toys can help your baby practice skill development. While practice is important – playful, open ended and low key interactions are much more important than structured, rigid teaching. Sing songs, read stories, talk freely and simply share experiences with your baby.  Make eye contact and touch your baby with gentle, kind hands.  This kind of stimulation is much more important and what helps your baby brain develop. While toys that have music and talk can be fun, these are not substitutes for meaningful, interactive experiences with you.

Baby Misbehaving – Discipline for Babies

Positive Parenting principles of unconditional love, respect and kind, clear guidance can be helpful from the very start of your baby’s life. Check out our library of articles below for inspiration and to make confident decisions about care and guidance in your babies first year.

The Picky Eating Solution Your Child Will Happily Follow

The Picky Eating Solution Your Child Will Happily Follow

Help Your Child Transform Picky Eating into a Healthy Relationship with Food It’s pretty normal for children to be selective about what they eat. Picky eating can be just a phase, especially in the toddler and preschool years.  Even if it’s normal, picky eating can bring up worries, frustration and big power struggles. Here is the good…

How to Discipline When A New Baby Arrives and Siblings Act Out

How to Discipline When A New Baby Arrives and Siblings Act Out

I’m having a very trying time with my three-year-old at the moment. He is a very bright, highly spirited and sensitive little boy. His baby brother was born just a month ago so I appreciate he has had a lot of change to deal with lately. But to be frank I am running out of…

Why Positive Discipline is The Best Discipline for Your Baby

Why Positive Discipline is The Best Discipline for Your Baby

How To Discipline Your Baby In A Positive Way Responding positively to your baby teaches him to trust you and your guidance. While babies are growing they may do certain things, like spitting, hitting or kicking when upset, throwing food down from a high chair or taking a toy away from a playmate. These behaviors…

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

The Discipline Approach That Helps Babies and Toddlers Thrive

Taking a positive approach to discipline from the very start. Parents often spend a great deal of time in the early days invested in attending and understanding their babies cries and cues. When baby cries, you try to figure out what is needed. When baby is hungry you offer nourishment. When baby is tired, you…

A Positive Parent’s Guide to Introducing a New Baby to Your Toddler

A Positive Parent’s Guide to Introducing a New Baby to Your Toddler

It’s something you’ve been looking forward to with a lot of excitement. And yes, an equal amount of anxiety. Introducing your new baby to your toddler. You know from experience that the first few months of having a baby are the hardest. And yet,  you are committed to not neglect your older child in the…

Why Your Presence is What Your Child Needs To Thrive

Why Your Presence is What Your Child Needs To Thrive

The Importance of Quality Time With Kids It’s easy to think that video games, new clothes and ice cream cones are the way to a child’s heart. Parents often mistake a child’s longing for toys or begging for snacks as their way of saying what’s important. Some kids act out, whine or cry, other kids…

When Baby is Fussy: All About Colic, Gas and Feeding

When Baby is Fussy: All About Colic, Gas and Feeding

A baby’s fussiness, colic, gas or other tummy pains should never be ignored. While Babies can easily become upset, the quicker you can understand the problem and alleviate symptoms the sooner your child will calm. The many reasons for a baby’s upset stomach are not that dissimilar to the causes of an upset stomach in…

Soothing the crying baby: How to Tackle the Witching Hour

Soothing the crying baby: How to Tackle the Witching Hour

Crying is how babies communicate and yet, it’s not always easy to cope with the witching hour. In this post, Renee Peters is sharing some really wonderful ideas for how to cope in a positive and peaceful way. ** Witching hour is quite normal. When you think about it, a baby has been in a…

Coping When Babies Don’t Sleep: 10 Ideas to Avoid Crying It Out Training

Coping When Babies Don’t Sleep: 10 Ideas to Avoid Crying It Out Training

Sleep and nighttime parenting is one hot topic when it comes to newborns and babies and even into toddlerhood. This is not a post on tips for sleep training, or intended to start war on nighttime parenting choices. If you hang around the positive parenting connection you know the goal here is to support parents not…

The 1st Birthday Party! Supporting and Celebrating Your Baby.

The 1st Birthday Party! Supporting and Celebrating Your Baby.

**This post is by Liza, who is sharing some gentle and supportive ways to celebrate a first birthday!** The first birthday is such an important milestone in your baby’s life (and yours too). So how can you avoid the stress that often accompanies such milestones and ensure that both you and your baby enjoy the…

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