Parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging roles we play as adults. Our society has high expectations of parents and yet we are not always able to access the resources we need to become the parent we want to be. Montessori can offer you a parenting framework from birth to maturity. It is more than an educational method; it is an approach to supporting the full development of your child.
The following are some simple, yet effective ways in which adults can support the development of a young baby.
The first six months
‘Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. Review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.’ (World Health Organisation).
If breastfeeding is not an option, we recommend this great article from Pregnancy to Parenting: Bottle Feeding Your New Baby
When to introduce foods:
The World Health Organisation recommends that all infants should start receiving foods in addition to breast milk from six months onwards. Your baby will tell you when she is ready for family foods. Look out for the following signs:
Starting on Solid Foods
Your Child’s Teeth
National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, Infant Feeding Guidelines. Australian Government, Canberra.
(Available at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/n56 )
World Health Organisation, Exclusive Breastfeeding. http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/