IS your baby stressed? The Early Childhood Commission says babies experience stress if they are not raised in loving, stable environments. Lack of adequate care may result in delayed development, increased illness, and in extreme cases, death.
Babies may feel stress when:
• They are hungry
•They are receiving too much attention or stimulation
• They are lacking attention or stimulation
• They are lacking secure attachments with adult caregivers
• They are around adults who are stressed
• Their security is threatened.
You can reduce or avoid stress by understanding that babies:
•Need lots of energy in order to grow
• Can grow tired learning about their world
• Sense the emotional climate around them.
Help your baby grow well in the first months by:
• Providing conditions for adequate sleep
• Allowing frequent feedings
• Providing a healthy diet when solid foods begin.
Help your baby feel safe and secure by:
• Responding quickly when your baby cries
• Showing your love with a warm touch — cuddling, rocking, hugging
• Talking, singing, and saying rhymes to your baby
• Having fun together during bath time
• Moving baby around with you as you go through daily routines.