Nurturing a Confident Baby Girl

Nurturing a Confident Baby Girl

Watch your verbal and non-verbal communications with your baby.Listen to them when they communicate with you. For example,babies use crying to communicate. Generally a baby will only cry when she needs something i.e. nappy to be changed, she is hungry or she is scared and wants a cuddle. A baby who is held and cuddled will grow more secure knowing she is valued and loved. That is why we do not support a parenting trend that developed a few years ago which suggested that babies should be left to cry. In our opinion this is very cruel and potentially
damaging to the child. How can a baby trust her parents if they ignore her when she needs them most? Despite not being able to talk in a language we comprehend,babies probably understand more than you can imagine. Infants and small children are like sponges – they soak up everything we say and do. It is important that you speak to your baby encouraging them to mimic
you and the noises she hears around her. Sing to her – most babies love singing and they don’t mind if you are tone deaf! In the early years especially, a child views her parents as her whole
universe. She wants to keep mummy and daddy happy. She basks in your love and attention. She expects to get your approval when she tries new things. All babies will try things at different times. Depending on her learning style, some things will come easy to her whilst others will take a little longer to master. By all means encourage her to explore her boundaries but do it in a relaxed way. If mum is pushing baby to do something that she is not yet ready for,she will sense mums disappointment in her and that will knock her confidence thus starting a cycle which may delay mum getting her way. Just because you don’t voice your frustration out loud doesn’t mean that your child hasn’t picked up on the non-verbal signal. Infants are wired to pick up on the non-verbal signals possibly more than the verbal ones. It doesn’t matter if Mary down the road has been potty trained since she was 6 months old. Your child isn’t Mary and will develop at her
own pace. Those parents who constantly push their children to walk early, talk early etc set them up for a life of disappointment as they constantly battle to overcome silly tests set by other people. If on the other hand, mum is confident that the little girl will be potty trained, walking and talking by the time she goes to school, the girl will feel loved and accepted which will increase her self worth. It may also make her achieve things quicker and easier as she will have the
confidence to experiment knowing that no matter what she is loved! Baby massage is wonderful for generating a close bond between parents and child. But massage also instills confidence in an infant. The gentle touch causes her body to release feel good hormones and make her feel safe.A number of studies show that babies can tell the difference between males and females as early as their first year. What’s more, they begin forming gender stereotypes almost as soon as they know they are boys or girls. Babies receive subtle and not so subtle messages from everything
and everyone of what it means to be a boy or a girl. They are experts at imitating parents and soaking up all information available around them. Even at this early age parents should be alert to what messages are being passed to their daughter. It is OK to tell a baby she is beautiful,
cute and precious but is that all she is hearing all the time? Does she see and hear the people around her only comment about her physical appearance and her clothes? Is your baby smart, playful, funny, full of energy? Tell her so. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to amuse your baby all day. That will only exhaust both of you. Babies need to learn to
spend quality time on their own just as older children need to learn to amuse themselves. You cannot love yourself and be confident in who you are if you have never got to know yourself. So let baby spend some time in her cot or playpen with a couple of favorite toys. If you listen carefully, you could just hear her having a great chat with her new friends

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