“When babies are born, they are unable to regulate themselves. Over time they learn to self-regulate and develop the skills to self-soothe internally and externally through the infant-caregiver relationship. Babies and children in their early years are dependent on their parents to manage their impulses, emotions, and needs because they do not have the capacity to do it for themselves.”
I remember holding my daughter for the first time. The feeling of connection was overwhelming. I had this helpless little soul in my arms totally dependent upon me. 17 years ago I had no idea that holding her against my chest and breathing deeply was actually a regulating technique, all I knew at that time in my life was I was a mother bonding with my little girl. I already knew that bonding with our children is a very important part of the reality of becoming a parent; however reading through this chapter in the book helped me to realize how important that connection is. To this day when my daughter and I hug each other we both inhale deeply as we hug tightly, no matter what is going on at that moment in our lives. This breathwork practice (without even knowing it) has been a regulating point in both our lives. Lisa Bartels, Administrative Assistant, PRS, WRAP Sem 1 Facilitator, A.S.I.S.T
Sitting Up Or Lying Down Holding Your Baby, Five Minutes.
- Find a comfortable position.
- Set a quick intention.
- Begin breathing, slowly and gently, in and out through the nose.
- Allow the breath to move in and out of your body in whatever way feels the most nourishing and supportive in the movement.
- As you breathe, notice what is happening for your baby and remember that you are regulating your baby.
- Continue for a few minutes until you are ready to stop.
- Thank your baby for practicing with you.
- Close your practice.
- Journal if you have the energy and the time.