Parenting Tips For Infant Stages Of Life


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It is often said that the first five years of a baby’s life are the most important.  The reason for this is that during these years, their brain grows and develops at an exponential rate. This period in development can be compared to building blocks; if you don’t lay down each block properly, it will not last forever. It is essential for parents to learn how they can apply certain parenting skills so that they may help their child develop into a healthy adult.  This article will share some of my favorite tips on how parents can apply these skills during the infant stages of life of their kids.

1) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

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I’ve said this before and I’ll continue saying it until the day I die-the first three months with your baby are made up of pure bliss, but after that, they’re nothing short of hell on earth. This is especially true if you’re someone who is naturally introverted, like me, and have a hard time asking for help.  The first three months with a newborn are so difficult because they demand almost every hour of the day-between feedings, diaper changes, burping, etc.-and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. By being able to ask for help from friends and family members, parents learn how to take better care of themselves as well as their child which promotes self-care and self-love.  

2) Cuddle Hard but Sleep Harder

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As much as I love my son dearly…I’ll be the first to admit that his sleeping habits drove me crazy when he was an infant. This is especially true during those times when he would wake up every two hours throughout the night to be fed.  Now, I know what most of you are thinking-“that’s just how it goes when you have a newborn!”-and while this is true for the most part if your baby is older than three months and they still aren’t sleeping through the night, there may be an issue. When my son was born, he was in the  97th percentile when it came to height and weight; he was huge! This means that his body wasn’t quite developed enough to sleep without waking up every few hours like babies usually do at that age-he needed more calories which allowed him to feed more frequently throughout the day. Great way parents can make their children sleep better throughout the night is by holding them while they’re cuddled up in your arms-just remember to set them down in their bed before you fall asleep yourself.

3) Establish Clear Boundaries

One of the most important parts of parenting during infant stages is making it known who’s in control.  Children, especially infants, thrive when there are rules and limitations set in place because it helps give them a sense of security. When children feel secure, they’ll be more willing to cooperate with their parents because they know that their boundaries will never change. It’s also helpful for parents to learn how to respectfully discipline their child when they do break one of these rules because if not, then the child wouldn’t know why what they did was wrong-which creates confusion.  Establishing clear boundaries is an essential part of parenting infants, but it’s also one that parents can’t forget to enforce even as their child gets older.

4) Consistency Is Key

Consistency is another important factor when it comes to raising children.  Doing the same thing every time-like having family dinners together every night-promotes stability and knowing what to expect in general. This is true for infants as well because they thrive on structure and routine; they’ll feel more secure if they know what lies ahead throughout the day. While infants do need their alone time like most people do, isolating them from their family members isn’t healthy either; this causes them to be uncomfortable and become needier of their parents which will lead to temper tantrums, crying sessions, and frustration. Consistency with one’s parenting helps infants feel safe and secure knowing that they always have the same people in their life who love them unconditionally-even when they’re not perfect.

5) Let Them Explore

While you definitely need to keep your baby on a tight leash while they’re crawling around, letting them explore for short amounts of time can be beneficial as well. Infants who are allowed to crawl around on their own discover vital information about the world around them through trial and error; this is how babies learn how boundaries work and what not to do for example: if an infant touches something hot, then they’ll learn that it causes pain and they’ll avoid it next time. If parents allow their children to explore the world around them, then they’re helping boost their brain function as well; each new experience helps their mind develop more which is why infants are always observing their surroundings.

Conclusion

The article has provided a lot of information on parenting tips during the infant stages. It is important to know that parenting skills are needed in all these areas, but you will need some specific knowledge about each stage as well. You should be aware of how your infant develops so you can provide them with appropriate care throughout their first year. We hope this article gave you an understanding of what’s coming up next in your child’s development!

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