- Pick baby up when ever he cries
- Wear baby at all times unless he is asleep in his crib
- Feed on demand
- Respond to his every need immediately
- Let him nap no matter what time it is or takes
- Birth bonding: The first few hours after birth are regarded as very important to promote attachment.
- Belief in the signal value of your baby’s cries: Parents are encouraged to learn to understand their baby’s cries and respond quickly and appropriately to them.
- Breast-feeding: This is regarded to have physical and psychological advantages to both mother and child.
- Baby-wearing: The term was first used by Dr. Sears and it means carrying the baby in a sling or other carrier, close to the body of the caregiver.
- Bedding close to baby: Sleeping in the same room and preferably in the same bed as the baby is encouraged, as is frequent (breast)feeding at night.
- Balance and boundaries: Appropriate responsiveness (knowing when to say yes and when to say no) is needed to keep a healthy family alive.
- Beware of baby trainers: Instead of taking advice about how to ‘train’ the baby to make it cry less and sleep for longer stretches, parents are encouraged to listen to their own instinct and intuition.
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