Learning to Connect is a full body integration of experience
Does your baby connect? Babies hard wire into the brain the sense of ease and support, from birth to 18 months. The nervous system responds and encodes events of experience during this time. If a baby remains in shock after birth, it is hard for them to connect with you. events will trigger a threat response. This makes it nearly impossible to develop secure attachment with you.
Early experiences can drive behaviors which support or limit the ability to connect. Imprints even before conception can linger for years after because they are held in cellular memory. Help your baby’s brain by using compressive touch, sound, eye gazing, and play to help with connection through the senses.
5 Tips to help babies connect
- Pause, breathe, and interrupt your pacing so you can slowly feel more of babies perceptions
- Be curious if your baby is unconsciously trying to match your energy
- Notice and use sensory play so your baby can find you through their senses: sound, sight, touch, energy
- Soften and stay relational when you are emotionally charged, as in angry, afraid, sad, or confused. Breathe and bring presence
- Lie your baby on their side, also on their tummy. Take them out of the baby holding devices.
Since these sensory responses are instinctual, they can form patterns of behavior difficult to break. Hard wired responses are often so deeply encoded that it is challenging to act differently. Learn the developmental stages and how to support your baby through touch with our new book!
Experts at The Brook Institute know how to help you learn to connect. Unfortunately many parents never learned how to play. Learning this skill through the senses will help you and your baby have more fun
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