First, HUG Your Baby gives parents skills to recognize an upset baby BEFORE crying occurs. We do this by teaching moms and dads to see "what 'Zone' their baby is in" ("Resting, Ready, or Rebooting Zone") and "when their baby 'Sends out an SOS' - Sign of Over-Stimulation". When parents learn to identify a baby's "Zone" and to recognize " Body and Behavioral SOSs ," they can comfort their baby before she escalates into a fretful cry.
Second, HUG Your Baby works to support babies as they learn the important task of "self-regulation." Self regulation is a baby's increasing ability to calm down in order to respond effectively to the world around them. That's why HUG Your Baby recommends that parents acquire "T.O. DO" skills. First, "T" - Talk to calm the baby. Parents will see that some babies respond simply to a parent's voice. "O"- Observe a baby's efforts to contribute to their own calming (bringing his hand to his mouth, smacking his lips, or using the fencing reflex ). And, then take the "DO" actions similar to those described through the years by Dr. Karp and other medical and child development experts (e.g., swaddling, swaying, or offering the breast or finger to suck).
Third, HUG Your Baby is not just interested in helping a parent learn to calm her baby. The HUG employs "Zone" and "SOS" information to help a baby breastfeed successfully, sleep well, and interact effectively with her mom and dad.
There are lots of babies in the world; therefore, there exists a great need to support all the parents who love these babies deeply. So, I am happy when I hear that parents and babies are happy - happy whether they find that peaceful place through the work of Dr. Karp or through HUG Your Baby's approach!
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