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Important Things to Know About Brand New Kids

By Sandy Schroeder

A baby may look like you and sometimes act like you, but each one is his or her own person. That's what makes it so fascinating, and challenging, as we figure them out. Here are some tips from DumbLittleMan.com to make it easier.

Watch and learn from them - From the moment they are born, they start watching and figuring out what is what. They will amaze you in countless ways. My youngest son was a restless sleeper so I tried a small swinging crib for naps. Then I learned he was activating it himself when it slowed down by using his foot to tap on the mattress.

They know they depend on you - When they are little they quickly learn how to make their wants known, but they also know they cannot make it on their own. When you frown or become impatient with them, your child may become anxious and upset. You would never leave the child, but it takes the child a while to figure that out.

They have to learn how the world works - Through trial and error, your child may fall down, run into things or drop and break things. Don't overreact. Just help fix the mistakes and keep going. Much later, when you are older your child can return the favor.

It can be hard to communicate - They may make their hunger known with cries, but there are many other things they wish they could ask or tell you. Watch their faces and their actions to try to read their needs. Repeat names of items as they use them. They will appreciate your efforts to help and may begin to respond with early words.

They are emotional sponges - Young children read our feelings and often reflect them. If you are rushed, unhappy, or anxious, they may become tense and unhappy, too. Try to set your trouble aside when you are dealing with them. Focus on what the two of you are doing to create a relaxed reassuring time for both of you.

You are their world - They may wear you out, and make you wonder how you can keep up, but they are really doing their best with everything new. Be as patient as you can, and arrange for help when you need to get away or just take a nap. Everything does improve with time and amazingly, they do grow up.

Each one is an individual - Accept them for who they are and help them find ways to fit their needs and choices into a fast-moving world. Stay in touch with them step by step. Listen when they tell you their secrets or ask important questions. Be there at night to read a story or hear about their day. Gradually you will develop a bond that reassures them and amazes you.

Brand new kids are truly amazing. Enjoy the journey and be grateful for the opportunity.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boulder, Colo.

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