The true needs of a newborn- Montessori from birth

Somewhere in my last month of pregnancy, I started making a list of things the newborn and I would need. As I reflected on the needs of my soon to be newborn,  I realized that we focus on the commercial mundane. Here, I’ve compiled a list of the true needs of a baby that help her adjust to the environment easily. More of a montessori baby essential checklist.

1.Nourishment

I believe that a child comes into the world with the belief that an external uterus that takes cares of her nourishment, exists. Breastmilk be provided within the golden hour and as and when required.
Side note- Close proximity of the mother and child, helps both of them.

2.Order

A newborn is still relating to the environment around her and adjusting to it. It is important that there is an order in her environment. A particular place for feeding, a diaper station, a place to sleep, etc.… Click to read the rest

Sibling arrival and preparing my first born

I’ve been asked this often enough and I finally managed to list all the things we did to prep V. a fresh threenager, for the arrival of her sibling. Whether you have a biological baby, or a heart baby, I hope this round-up helps you.

Prepare ourselves

The first thing we had to come to terms with, was accept that there were going to be awkward questions, funny moments and a lot of firsts. My husband and I had to agree to be on the same page, and promise ourselves that we were always going to give V the truth in an age-appropriate manner.

Involve the child

V threading the munari

Although we were advised to wait until 3 months to tell V, the little tyke figured out there was a baby in Amma’s tummy after the very first hospital visit. There were some tangible ways V was involved in the pregnancy.… Click to read the rest

Language acquisition in babies – montessori from birth

Remember the stages of language acquisition I mentioned? When a child faces challenges in any of the higher stages, we need to go back to the previous ones to check if she has mastered that. In that case, the most important time for development of language is infancy. Read on for how one can provide rich experiences to aid the infant’s speech from birth.

Pre-birth

Technically, language acquisition starts much before birth. Sometime between 18-24 weeks of pregnancy, the baby can hear her first sounds- the mother’s heartbeat, the growls of the stomach, etc. Research has shown that the foetus can hear the mother’s voice and other sounds around at about 25weeks.

In fact, in my last trimester, V2 would respond to V’s voice and kick every time she called out ‘babeeee’, or read a particular book to her. It is found that babies respond to lullabies they heard while in the womb.… Click to read the rest