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2. Learn what your baby needs: A great system for this is the Dunstan Baby Language System. It teaches how to understand the five cries your baby uses to tell you what they need. This is the most amazing discovery EVER and it truly helps eliminate frustration especially in those early months when you and baby are still getting to know one another.
Dunstan Baby Language -- Learn the universal language of newborn babies
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Journey
4. Moby Baby Wrap/ Baby K'tan: Wearing your baby has more benefits than one would think.
According to Dr. Sears, babies who are "worn" are smarter, more attatched, less fussy and learn human interactions better than those who are not.
While baby-wearing has gained popularity in Western cultures recently, it is an age old tradition in many areas of the world. I grew up in South Africa, where it is customary for the black women to strap their babies onto their back whilst they work or go about their business. We had a cleaning lady/nanny who was like a second mom to me, and I remember being very young and being strapped to her back, abd how soothing it was to hear her singing and the vibrations her voice made. I would fall asleep to the constant rocking motion. Some more information on baby-wearing around the world: (Courtesy of www.slingbabies.co.nz)
- For instance Mexican people use the Rebozo, which is a square of woven cloth tied over one shoulder with baby usually on the back- sometimes called a Chal, depending on the length.
- Peruvians have a Manta which sits over both shoulders like a cape, and baby sits high on mother's back.
- Guatemalans use Parraje- similar to a Rebozo.
- European mothers used a mixture of pouches, wraps and short cloth carriers.
- Alaskan/Canadian people have the Amauti which is a very thick arctic jacket with a baby 'pocket' in the back, baby even fits under the over-sized hood!
- Papua New Guinea mothers use a Bilum- a net bag held at the forehead with baby hanging at the back (very strong necks!)
- Indonesian mothers use a Selendang which is a long ornate wrap.
- Aboriginal mothers used to keep their babies in carriers made of bark, similar to the cradleboards used by Native Americans but without the cloth covering.
- Asian mothers use a variety of carriers including Mei-tai /Hmong/ Bei(China), Onbuhimo (Japan), Podaegi (Korea) plus many use a 'carrier' of long straps which go under baby's armpits and thighs for back carries.
- African mothers use a 'Khanga' which is a short-ish piece of cloth tied around the torso, so baby sits low on the back.
I would love to hear what your favorite baby products are, so send me an email, or post a comment.
And keep your parenting as simple as possible!
Love and lightness,
Kerry, the Momster