Who helps us with parenthood, our most significant life journey?
We do the best we can: emulating our parents, guessing, reading, hearing advice from EVERYONE, and jumping down the Google rabbit hole to find answers. Sometimes we find what works. Other times we are left unsatisfied, confused and frustrated.
No matter how you feel, YOU are your baby’s first teacher. Exciting, scary or both, you are leading, facilitating and encouraging all baby’s development, in body and brain. And baby’s #1 job during the first year is to learn to move.
Movement allows interaction, connection, and engagement to occur, and mastering movement facilitates the development of the other domains. Just think about how your baby’s first smile, first reach, and first interactive coos make you feel. Think how these interactions help you to connect more completely with your baby; they are magical. All of these milestones require control of movement.
Most developmental guidance out there, and there is great information from incredible professionals, starts in the toddler stage. But, development begins at conception, transitions abruptly at birth, and continues most rapidly in both the brain and body during the first year.
Taking advantage of this incredible growth is important. With more knowledge, guidance, and support you can help your baby build the strongest foundation for all that is to come. Understanding movement and helping facilitate its development is essential.
Movement is key to proper body and brain development. How we interact, play, and care for our babies will dictate how strong foundations are.
Just tweaking the way you do things (not adding things to the day) makes all the difference. Take extra tasks off your list and just do your essential to-do items differently. It’s simple, but not always easy.
The first year is exhilarating and challenging. It’s not just baby’s journey; it’s yours too. Grow joyfully and with confidence as you travel your path together, with guidance, support, and love.
Movement skills, interactions, and connections are built little by little, every day. These skills are grounded in your interactions during the daily routines: feeding, care-taking, playing, conversing, handling, outings, and routines. As your baby grows, the way you do these tasks will change, but your connections continue to get deeper and stronger.
As your baby grows, information processing is more comprehensive. Baby learns and makes more sense of self, others, and the world. As your baby moves and explores, you have a window to baby’s thoughts and feelings. An eye gaze, a smile, a reach for your nose, or a roll to get a favorite toy: when you take the time to be present and observe, you learn so much about who your baby is and where she is going.
Wouldn’t it be great to understand and nurture with confidence the development and growth happening in front of your eyes? It’s not about doing more things; it’s about doing things differently.
Baby is on this journey with you, not in isolation. What you value, understand, and expect from your baby influences her experiences and potential. Wouldn’t it be great to know more so you can feel more confident, less stressed and worried, and happier because you’re on the right path?
We are all in this together. The journey is far more fun and fulfilling in a community where we learn together and support one another.
That’s why I created “Your Baby’s First Coach.” I want to be here for you and your baby. I want to help you reach for the stars, starting day ONE! I want you, not just to survive the first year, but to LOVE it, to thrive in it and to KNOW that what you accomplished in year ONE will be carried forward in everything that comes next.
I would love the opportunity to talk with you, to work with you, to be a member of your team. Let’s do this together!