Getting my baby to cooperate

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Getting my baby to cooperate

If you want your child to cooperate, there are three basic things I recommend. One is anticipation. You let the child know what is going to happen. I would like to change your diaper now. Can you wait a little bit? And then you do the action, but you give anticipation and let him know what's coming. The second one is you have a preditable routine that is consistent. He knows that after his bad comes meal time and then comes bedtime. So he already knows. He's used to that. And the third one is the gesture of your hands. It's very important that your hands are open. They are receptive. They are offering. They are not harsh or you don't grab your child. You don't take him from behind and sneak him when he's not watching. No, you want to face him and let him know what you're going to do and you're going to say to him, I'm going to pick you up now, and you wait and you offer. And you will be surprised how easily your child will give you his hands or will give you his disposition.

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Elsa Chahin

Mom and Infant & Toddler Consultant

Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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