Self-regulation is a term for something each person is always doing. It’s both simple and complex. It has to do with how we recover from stress and take care of ourselves. It starts in infancy with bonding and feeding, and continues with managing ourselves in family life. It keeps developing as we learn to function in school, and goes on as we differentiate from our families to become adults.
Parents of a baby or a young child might hear about self-regulation. An educator might mention self-regulation issues. Typically the focus is on attention and inhibition of impulses, yet self-regulation is as much about action as it is about inhibition. Each of us self-regulates the best we can every moment.
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Keep It Short
Make sure your baby is only on his tummy for a little while, especially at the beginning. If you’ve heard about twenty minutes, please let that go for now. Base the length of the tummy visit time on Baby’s comfort, not on an external number. If you focus on rolling baby out of tummy time before he’s upset, you’ll find that he naturally remains happier on his tummy for longer periods. It really doesn’t matter how long—it’s having the experience of being comfortable on his tummy while being connected with you.
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Your baby is so cute! And you love her so much. Sometimes you're also worried about her, especially as she cries often because her digestion is bothering her. You want so badly to help her. Here are five things you may not have tried. Practice gently and explore without any should/shouldn'ts or good/bads for you or baby.
Give these things some time and trust your intuition. If you think there's a deeper problem that's irritating your baby, don't ignore this. You might seek the help of a professional or explore the possibility of a dietary allergy or sensory sensitivity. Start by asking your friends or set up a Skype session with me to explore further ways to help your baby.
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