New parents and parents-to-be often ask me just how much their baby experiences while still in the womb. The answer is, simply, quite a lot. Life in the Uterus: Some people think that the period in the womb is mostly for physical growth. Yes, of course it is, but there is so much more to it.
Have you ever looked at your baby and wondered “What’s going on inside that head of yours?” Or, why is a normally well-tempered baby all of the sudden difficult and demanding? And then, suddenly, he is doing things he could not do the day before? Recent research has shown that there are predictable times during the first few years of a child’s life when he may be more demanding (fussier) than usual. These fussy times have been called “Wonder Weeks” because it is during these times that babies are making big steps forward in their development.
We use our hands all day. As adults, we don’t even think about it on a regular basis – we just “do.”
Your Baby Can See This Sharp: There are quite a few myths about what a baby can see. Many people believe that all babies are color blind or can barely see.
Nature is a remarkable thing. I am sure, as new parents, you have already experienced this. But, the innate abilities babies are born with never stops amazing me.
To borrow from F. Scott Fitzgerald, it takes a genius to whine appealingly. Now before we give our little ones too much credit, remember that a child never whines for no reason at all. True, sometimes its that he is cutting his teeth or perhaps has a tummy ache. But, most of the time, this is just an excuse you might hear from people around you.
Every new parent believes their baby is the smartest and most talented baby in the world. True, isn’t it?! Well, that’s as it should be. But, did you know that you can actually tell – even from the earliest ages – where your baby’s talents and interests lie?
For new parents, one of the biggest problems they experience universally is a lack of sleep. I am often asked my advice on the subject from bleary-eyed moms everywhere and for tricks to “finally” get their little ones to sleep.
Sleeping issues and babies. I bet this is the biggest problem for all young parents. Everybody would love a miracle cure; a manual which guarantees a peaceful sleeping baby. This kind of manual does exist, but almost nobody dares telling the truth about the outcome. One way to get a baby to sleep is to use controlled crying.
Have you ever seen the movie, What the Bleep Do We Know? If not… do so! The way they explain the basics of quantum physics is quite similar to the way I explain how babies’ brains change dramatically every so often and why they can’t perceive certain things before each change in The Wonder Weeks.