Prenatal-Infant: Feelings & Behavior
Read about how you might feel both while you are pregnant and after your baby is born. This can be both an exciting and a stressful time. Sometimes mothers also get the “baby blues” or feel depressed after their baby is born. Read about these feelings at: feelings after birth.
Comfort your child when he is upset. Explore what happens when you hold him, talk or sing softly, gently shush and stay calm.
Explore ways to relieve stress while you are pregnant and after your baby arrives:
- Laugh out loud or take deep breaths.
- Take a walk or read a book.
Explore which of your baby’s behaviors you really enjoy and which are hard for you.
- Try to understand why your baby is doing something. If she bites, she may just be experimenting with her new tooth and figuring out how it feels.
- Babies don’t understand which behaviors we think are right and which ones are wrong.
Explore ways to help your baby wake up: slowly introduce light, rub her back and talk softly, describe what is happening, gently change her diaper.
Ask for help when you need it. Create a list of friends, family or neighbors you can call when you are feeling over-tired, frustrated or in an emergency.
Talk to your doctor if you are just not feeling like yourself after your baby is born.
Ask your baby if he is ready for a new activity. Wait for the answer. He may tell you yes by smiling and wiggling, or no by stiffening his body.
Never shake your baby. If you are very frustrated, put your baby somewhere safe and walk away to calm down. You can talk to someone at the Fussy Baby Network:1-877-627-9227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover how babies enjoy quiet and gentle voices. Babies become more upset when they hear yelling or angry, loud voices.
Discover the signs your baby makes when she is tired, hungry, wants to play, or needs something.
Hold your child when she needs or wants to be held. This helps her learn to trust and does not spoil her.
Discover how you can help your baby go to sleep by having a sleep time routine. Babies really like to have the same things happen regularly, such as singing the same song or sleeping in the same place.
Spend time on the floor playing with your baby, smiling and talking as you show him toys or things in the room.
Play with hugs and smiles.
Play peek-a-boo with your baby. This introduces your baby to the idea that when you leave you always come back.
When you play with your baby, watch for the things she seems to enjoy the most.
Let your baby know that you noticed when she does something: “You grabbed the teddy bear and made it rattle.”