PARENTING A NEW BABY DURING COVID

We spend a lot of time indoors with a young baby and COVID-19 makes it much more intense. It is completely normal to feel isolated, overwhelmed, anxious, and scared for you and your baby.

 Sharing is caring

  • Use social media, phone calls and anything at your disposal to reach out and connect with others.
  • Take turns with others to care for your baby. Take time for YOU.
  • Sleep when your baby sleeps so you have energy.

Communicating with your baby 

  • Follow your baby’s lead by copying or mirroring.
  • Repeat and react to their babble or words.
  • Use your child’s name when you speak to your baby.
  • Use words to describe what your baby is doing.

Learning with your baby

  • Make their environment interesting!
  • Babies respond to stimulation.
  • Let your baby explore the world through the 5 senses!

Babies learn through play!

  • Get to your baby’s level and make sure they can see and hear you.
  • Play peek-a-boo, sing songs or lullabies, stack blocks or cups.
  • Make music together: banging on pots, playing with rattlers, shaking jars with beans .
  • Share books together – even at a very early age! Describe what is happening in the pictures. Let your baby explore books with all of the senses.

When babies cry

  • Respond to your baby immediately.
  • Check to see what is making your baby cry.
  • Swaddling or gently rocking can help calm your baby.
  • Singing a lullaby or playing soft music can be soothing.
  • Keep calm and take a break! You can place your baby in a safe place on their back and then walk away. Be sure to check on your baby every 5 to 10 minutes.
  • If you think your baby is injured or ill, call a health service provider or visit a clinic.

Be gentle with your children as they learn, but also with yourself as the parent!

  • Just because something didn’t go well today or you lost your temper, this doesn’t define who you are as a parent. Remind yourself of the things you did well today, even if they may seem small.                                                                                                           (Adopted from UNICEF)

 

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