Little peace and quiet, gliding softly and naturally into a new kind of togetherness. Your feeling of “motherly instinct” and responsibility will grow with your ability to interpret and respect your baby’s signals. And because you will be helping your child interpret the world, it’s very important that you convey trust, hope, and love. Today we cover here details information about beginning in rhythmic harmony.
BEING IN RHYTHMIC HARMONY
Even if you work outside the home, you’ll probably be the person who looks after your baby the most and is closest to him or her during the early years. Through feeding and continual care, you will learn what your child’s facial expressions, movements, and cries mean. You’ll become more and more receptive to your child’s rhythms for eating, sleeping, and being awake. People who research these things sometimes talk about the mother-child interplay.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERPLAY BETWEEN MOTHER AND CHILD
We know today that newborn babies enter the world as complete little people who can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. They are not passive and uninterested, as people used to think. Even immediately after birth, babies are interested in their environment and are sensitive to stimulation. When newborns are put onto their mother’s tummy, they’ll often look up at her with curiosity. Through eye contact, hugging, kissing, talking, and loving touch, the earliest bonds are formed. These kinds of contact help babies develop into people who are comfortable with their surroundings. Because of all that, it’s important that the interplay between mother and child start as soon after birth as possible.
Babies need to learn how to adapt to life outside the womb. Sleeping newborns are sort of the way they were inside the womb. Their sleep is interrupted every now and then, in a more or less regular way, for physical needs. Hunger and discomfort, pain and crying are satisfied by feeding and changing, tenderness, closeness, and sleep. Gradually, a rhythm of sleep and activity develop. Some children, however, find it hard to find a rhythm, so they cry and cry, and can’t fall asleep, which puts quite a strain on them and their parents. If a child has frequent, powerful crying spells, pulls the legs up, makes the hands into fists, and can’t be consoled, we call it colic.
THE MOST NATURAL INCUBATOR IS THE MOTHER
It may seem a paradox that we sometimes have to turn to science, only to rediscover natural things. Premature birth usually means that mother and baby will be separated for a while. The baby is put into an incubator to monitor and help him or her. Unfortunately, this also means that the preemie missed out on a lot of the early stimulation and bonding that full-term babies get.
However, there is an alternative to the incubator, if the baby is in good shape, the mother herself! Hospitals in Colombia, in South America, have been trying “the kangaroo method” for several years. In the kangaroo method, the healthy preemie is put onto the mother as soon as possible, under her blouse, between her breasts, in an upright position, like a baby kangaroo in its mother’s pouch. The baby stays this way, day and night, to receive warmth, nourishment, and nurturing. Not only have more of the preemies survived and thrived, but the new mothers have gained self confidence, as well. They, not the hospital, helped their babies! Now, hospitals in the United States and other industrialized countries have also used this method and, after careful testing, found it to be generally safe.