When you take your baby home from the hospital you will have been given
instructions, which are very important, that you put your baby to sleep on his
in his own bed, it should be in your room, close to your bed,
the bed should be flat with no blankets pillows or any toys,
and this will ensure that your baby has a safe sleep environment.
But because of this
we need to then give the baby opportunities
to help strengthen his shoulder and abdominal muscles.
So a good rule of thumb is that every time you change the diaper,
you turn the baby gently over onto his tummy.
At this point
when you get the baby over onto his tummy, you'll see that most of the weight
is through his face. So you can gently puts some pressure
on his bum
i do this with the my forearm gently pushing down on his bum.
Bring his elbows in front of his shoulders and you can keep them there with your hands
and this will help encourage him to lift his head.
As you see his head come up you know that he is beginning to use his shoulder and
his abdominal muscles.
You can do this for one or two minutes
and in this way you're insuring good strength of these muscles which will
help his development as we move forward in the future.
Once you've done this with every diaper change for one or two minutes roll him
back onto his back and this begins to give you a good opportunity
to begin to make eye contact with your baby.
Around the six week mark
the baby can begin to see your face.
Your face is becoming more clear. So this becomes a time
where you begin to make eye contact.
If you keep your face nice and calm you help the baby keep his head in the
middle. You can even put your hand on the baby's chest
which will also help keep the baby calm and help
his head stay in the middle.
By you keeping your face calm the baby can then begin to look at you and you'll
see that you will begin to make eye contact and you may even see a gentle
smile. This is the beginning
of your baby's thinking skills,
the beginnings of language, the begins of attention
and obviously attachment between you and your baby.