Creating a safe play area for babies

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Creating a safe play area for babies

At RIE we encourage parents to set up a safe play area at home like the one we have at the play class. When I should define what safe means because we have a particular way of thinking about safe. One area in the home should be so safe that should mom or dad be locked out of the home for an hour and return, they might find the baby wet. You may find your baby upset or hungry, but you will not find your baby harmed beyond maybe a simple scratch. So that is when we talk about creating a safe play area, what that play area does is to create a place in your home that is a yes environment that allows the baby to explore freely in their own way and allows mom and dad to relax and be with the baby in that way of not always having to direct or correct. it's just what we call, it allows for a wants nothing quality time between parent and baby.
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Lisa Sunbury, MA

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Lisa Sunbury has dedicated her life to caring for, supporting, and advocating for infants, toddlers, and their parents. She has over 20 years experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education, in a variety of roles. After earning a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, she worked as a nanny, and as an infant/toddler teacher in several respected childcare programs. While attending a workshop led by Diana Suskind, which focused on the unique needs of infants and toddlers in child care centers, she was introduced to Magda Gerber’s philosophy of infant care. Intrigued by Magda’s work, she went on to study with her for three years at the original home of RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers), in Silver Lake, California. There she earned a certificate of completion in the program to become a RIE Associate. She has taught RIE Foundations through University of California Santa Barbara, presented at several early childhood conferences, and had her writing published in the RIE Newsletter and the Giant Encyclopedia of Activities for Infants and Toddlers. Her most recent work has included growing her website, Regarding Baby, and caring for a wonderful family that includes two young children. She maintains professional memberships with the National Association of Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) and RIE, and is proud to serve on the board at Santa Cruz Toddler Center.

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