Your Baby and Self-Regulation

Your Baby and Self Regulation

From the moment your baby is born, your baby is trying to make sense of the world around them.  Smells, sound, sights, light, hunger, movement and fatigue are just some of the sensations that they are trying to process and react to constantly.  How they process and respond to this information can have an impact on the world around them.  If a child has a sensitivity to sound, they may become overwhelmed and are fussy because of loud noises or too much noise.  Some children have a sensitivity to touch and may not like have something on their legs or feet and may become difficult to soothe.   If that special blanket of toy helps them to regain their self -control and settles them, encourage it.  Sometimes rubbing their back, hands or feet can help them soothe.  Next time your child is upset take note of their surroundings, is there something that may be bothering them. According to Kristin Reinsberg MS, LMFT article “Helping Infants Learn Self-Regulation through Relationships”   by identifying and supporting your child with self-regulating at an early age you are helping your child to be able to gain a sense of self-control and feel more successful and self- confident.  By watching for these valuable clues and identifying them you can learn how to help your child help themselves.

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