Throughout the first year of life, your baby will change rapidly. By the end of the year, she may be starting to walk, saying simple words like “mama” and “dada,” and will see her parents as the center of her universe. As you learn more about your baby and how she communicates what she needs you will begin to adjust to the daily demands all young babies require. By responding consistently to your baby’s needs, you will help form a vital connection that will last a lifetime.
The first year with a new baby is a joyful, magical, and exhausting one. Newborns are a lot of work but they are also at a very special stage of life that passes all too quickly. It can be easy to get caught up in the daily care-taking of your child, so it is valuable to remind yourself of the ways to take care of yourself and your family.
In his book The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer, Dr. Harvey Karp offers a practical plan to sooth your baby. Try following any or all of Dr. Karp’s 5 S’s: swaddling, side or stomach, soothing sounds, swinging, or sucking.