Dr. Brazelton, an expert on child development, has developed a Neonatal Behavioral Assessment that is often used right after birth to test infant reaction and habituation abilities. From birth, most infants have an ability to regulate their internal nervous system to find balance even when the outside environment is overly active for an infant. Listen to Dr. Brazleton demonstrate some of the things he does to test an infant’s ability to habituate, using a light, a rattle and a bell.
So what can we do as parents to help our infants find comfort in their environment?
One great way is to wrap your baby in a swaddle.
When babies are born, they are not used to having so much space around them. Often they feel uncomfortable and are unable to calm themselves. One way to help them find comfort and sleep well is by wrapping them up in a blanket so as to imitate the environment in their mother's womb. The following video clip shows two different ways to swaddle your child.
Remember, ALWAYS lay your newborn on her back to sleep!
What techniques do you use to comfort your infant?
Sources: Brazelton, T. B. Touchpoints: The Essential Reference (1992)