By Bethany DeJarnatt, Occupational Therapist
Sensory exploration can support a powerful connection with your baby. Specifically, it becomes clear that the language of touch is a holistic tool that strengthens the bond between parent and child. From the softest touches to the warmth of skin-to-skin contact, these sensory encounters develop into a profound kind of communication that promotes both physical and emotional well-being.
As the sensory integration and mindfulness Instructor for the BABY KNOW: Bodies, Hearts and Minds course (https://baby_know.teachable.com/p/baby-know-bodies-minds-and-hearts1-1) program, I review tools for sensory integration using the power of touch and sensory exploration.
You and your baby are building a special connection when it comes to touch—a silent conversation that doesn't require words. It is a common language that conveys safety, warmth, and an everlasting affection. Your first gentle touches and the comforting warmth of an embrace together form a safe haven where your baby can grow and thrive.
Through the use of senses, one can communicate intimately and nonverbally, "I am here for you" through this inner knowing. Touch create a bond between you and your child that reaches deep into the core of your relationship. Knowing that you and your baby know.
You establish a connection through sensory inquiry that goes beyond spoken words. Touch, trust, and tenderness are the connections that tie us together. You are having a quiet discussion with your baby in these moments.
During your parenting journey, you are developing a language of love that will resound whether it is through the calm embrace of cuddle time or the rhythmic touch of a massage. In Baby Know, opportunities for learning infant massage techniques, sensory integration and using mindfulness in nature are tools provided for your deeper understanding. To help you feel empowered with knowledge as you build this deep connection with your baby.
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