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Caring for an Infant

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"'For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance... you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you...'" ~ Isaiah 66:11, 12b, 13a (English-NIV)

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Go ahead and read the books. Even go ahead and listen to the advice others give you... well, at least try to be polite. The importance of becoming informed cannot be denied. But remember that each baby is unique, and you know your baby better than any "expert." By keeping your baby nearby you and by listening to him and responsively meeting his needs with promptness and love, you will come to know your baby better than any one else ever could. . . *you* will be the expert on your baby. All the advice in the world won't change what you feel in your heart your baby needs. Go with that feeling.

Encouragement For New Parents How life was like after the birth of my first child and some of the things I learned that made life easier for both of us. Also, other helpful articles. Wearing Your Baby Find out the benefits of carrying your baby in a sling or other carrier. Links to sites with pictures and explanations of how to wear your baby in a sling and also where to buy. Baby's Cries Your infant's cries are his most important way of communicating with you. I encourage you to listen to what he is saying. Ways to calm a fussy baby and also links to other great resources on the web.
The Family Bed Many babies really hate being alone. Many mothers feel best if they keep their baby nearby. Find out the wonderful benefits of sleeping with your baby; many resources on the web. Feeding You can read my breastfeeding story, the first week or so, and there are links to other helpful articles Cloth Diapering and Infant Potty Training
Disciplining Babies Baby Wise Church

"You are not just a caretaker of the baby but a partner in a unique and evolving relationship. Both of you start out knowing very little about each other and go on from there to learn more every day, synchronizing with each other rather as dancers do. You both respond to nonverbal cues, to facial expressions, eye movement, muscle tension--even breathing--quite spontaneously. And when you act like this you are invariably doing the right thing." -- excerpted from "The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth" by Sheila Kitzinger (page 321)

". . . EACH period has it's own particular joys and moments to cherish and the best advice I could give anyone with a new baby is to really try to "live in the moment" and treasure it all, AS it is happening; and not just when they are infants, either, but at EVERY stage." ~ Lynne

Infants
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New Parents Slings Crying Family Bed Feeding Diapers Discipline Baby Wise Church


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