Start Early – 15 Principles to Raise Confident Babies

Lately I  have been reading a number of books addressing early childhood education and child development. I was initially looking for techniques that could potentially accelerate pre-verbal learning. To my surprise, a common denominator across all materials was the emphasis placed in confidence building. I know for many of you this is a season of long days and busy hours where reading may not be your priority #1. With this in mind I wanted to share a few principles to encourage you to raise confident little ones, able to face the world with aplomb.

1. Always Celebrate & Acknowledge Efforts Regardless of Results

Your baby needs to know that you are engaged and observing their every action. Celebrate both effort and intent as a means of building a willingness to try again and again.

2. Create a Culture That Embraces The Disciplines of Repetition

Practice does make perfect. From an early age it is very important to begin developing the muscles of the mind and body that value repetition. Learn songs, rhymes and dance routines that help your baby grasp the concept of improvement through practice.

3. Encourage Exploration and Experimentation

Curiosity is at the heart of learning. Give your baby the opportunity to engage with their environment in ways conducive to exploration and experimentation. From a walk in the park to having new toys and puzzles that challenge the mind there are plenty of ways to help your baby learn through discovery.

4. Be Conscious of Their Developmental Stage

We all want to be the parents to a gifted and talented child; one whose precociousness delights and impresses others. Please don’t become a slave to early performance. Work hard at teaching your baby new things but always remember their age and season in life.

5. Allow Them To Guide You Towards Their Interests

Take time to observe what your baby loves best. Even in their first year little ones will have preferences for food and toys. Allowing a baby to favor certain experiences is helpful in developing a confident persona.

6. Have a Ladder Plan

Put a plan together that gives your baby a sense of progression in learning. Always have something new to encourage sensorial and intellectual experiences.

7. Don’t Do it For Them!

Shortcuts are a bad idea. Give your baby plenty of chances to engage with their environment and complete tasks big and small to the best of their ability.

8 Watch Your Body Language

Even when we are frustrated we should not convey negativity. Let our body language be full of encouragement.

9. Embrace Teachable Moments

Did baby do something wrong? Don’t fret. Use the mistake as a foundation to learn and correct. This is specially important when teaching verbal skills as well as expressive language.

10. Look for Teachable Moments

Always be in the lookout for contextual learning. Babies feel and learn best when information is presented contextually or responsively.

11. Speak Words of Affirmation

Confident babies receive positive feedback on a daily basis. Say it and say it often. Word of affirmation are life-changing.

12. Be Your Baby’s Partner In Adversity

Your baby should never feel alone when facing challenges. Let your baby know that you are by their side and guide them in overcoming challenges.

13. Identify Moments of Courage & Celebrate Them

Many fears are innate. When your baby demonstrates the willingness to confront fear with courage don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate their valor.

14. Be a Leader. We All Need One

From birth take the time to show your baby structures of leadership. Knowing that there is someone in charge empowers us with the confidence that comes from the sense of being protected.

15. Give Your Baby Tools of Communication

Confidence is best expressed when we know that our needs will be appropriately met. Equip your baby with tools of communication as early as possible. From pointing to baby signs and facial expressions; everything that empowers your little one to have a quick and appropriate response to their needs will further their confidence.

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Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

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Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

American Academy of Pediatricians

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Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

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Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8

Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)

Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)

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