Your first interactions with your baby

Encouraging communication with your baby

  • Your baby is completely dependent on you. The more you meet his demands over the first few months – particularly when it comes to breast- and bottle-feeding, and holding him in your arms – the more emotional security you will give him. This will help him become independent and tackle any difficulties he will encounter.
  • You need to take the time to watch, listen to and understand your baby. His behaviour is an exact reflection of what he feels inside. His reactions will guide and help you respond.
  • Also try and talk to him "genuinely". This means not lying to him and speaking to him normally without using "baby" language.
  • If you lack conviction, he will not be taken in. A baby knows if you are there for him. He needs to be able to count on you. He understands from the tone of your voice whether your intentions are good or bad well before understanding the precise meaning of your words.
  • Show a positive attitude – because in order to grow and flourish, your baby needs his father and mother to be impressed by his progress, no matter how minor it may seem. Give him encouragement to help build up his self-confidence. Applaud him at every stage of his development: be it for a smile, when he starts playing, walking, pointing at something with his finger and so on. By paying attention to his achievements, you can help him forget and get over any difficulties or clumsiness he may have.


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