Main Takeaway: Your Baby’s Brain Development is Rapid and Based on The Type of Care
This is because every emotion causes bio-chemicals which fuel brain growth and determines the formation of neurotransmitter receptors, hormonal set-points, and the development of actual brain structures. This is happening in the first 18-36 months (especially the first 6-18 months), during which time, critical periods open and close. I post more examples on the Facebook page.
This is why a responsive approach to your baby’s sleep is critical, especially when waking from sleep.
The foundations of the Smart Baby Sleep System are:
*Your baby’s developing brain capacities during the first year and a half, and dominant survival instinct
*Brain development= interpersonal interactions=biochemicals=brain structures
*Emotional states become personality traits
Please enjoy the featured video for a quick explanation of these foundations. This is also aimed to empower you to embrace your parental instinct! It really matters.
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- The step-by-step guide to the 3 Pillars of Smart Baby Sleep, which once in place gets you the best sleep biologically possible for your individual baby.
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- How to tune into your baby and protect them from toxic distress, while improving sleep within their “Comfort Zone”.
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- How using a truly gentle approach to sleep can influence your baby’s gene expression for the best!
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- The top three sleep myths that are holding you back from the happiest, healthiest babyhood with your little one.
- How learning to “self-sooth” really happens, neurologically, and how to tell if and how much your baby can do it. (hint: not at all at first!)
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Attachment system is predictive of responsive care, which is predictive of mental health:
Evans, C. A., & Porter, C. L. (2009). The emergence of mother-infant co-regulation during the first year: Links to infants’ developmental status and attachment. Infant Behavior and Development, 32 (2), 147–158.
Fogel, A. (2000). Developmental pathways in close relationships. Child Development, 71(5), 1150–1151. doi:10.1111/1467–8624.00217
Fogel, A., & Branco, A. (1997). Metacommunication as a source of indeterminism in relationship development. In A. Fogel, M. P. Lyra, J. Valsiner, A.
Fogel, M. P. Lyra, & J. Valsiner (Eds.) Dynamics and indeterminism in developmental and social processes (pp. 65–92). Hillsdale, England: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
ONLY 50% (approximately) will develop secure attachment: (This stat synthesizes hundreds of attachment studies. Here’s and example)
Davies, K. A., Macfarlane, G. J., McBeth, J., Morriss, R., & Dickens, C. (2009). Insecure attachment style is associated with chronic widespread pain. Pain, 143(3-24), 200–205. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2009.02.013
Your baby’s enormous structural brain growth in the first 3 months and first 2 years . . .
Holland D, Chang L, Ernst TM, et al. Structural Growth Trajectories and Rates of Change in the First 3 Months of Infant Brain Development. JAMA Neurol. 2014;71(10):1266-1274.
Fischer, K. W. & Rose, S. P. (1995). Dynamic growth cycles of brain and cognitive development. In R. W. Thatcher, G. R. Lyon, J. Ramsey & N. Krasnego (Eds.), Developmental neuroimaging: Mapping the development of brain and behavior. New York: Academic Press.
Baby is working from a dominant low brain and a developing high brain:
Nagy E. (2008). Innate intersubjectivity: newborns’ sensitivity to communication disturbance. Dev Psychol. 44(6):1779-84. – See more at: http://www.parentingscience.com/newborns-and-the-social-world.html#sthash.vGcdguIP.dpuf
Todd, R. D., Swarzenski, B., Rossi, P. G. & Visconti, P. (1995). Structural and functional development of the human brain. In D. Cicchetti and D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology: Vol. I: Theories and methods (pp. 161-194). New York: John Wiley.
Social-emotional systems of the brain forming in direct response to regulation of distress and sharing positive states:
Bugental B.D., et al. (2003). The Hormonal Costs of Subtle Forms of Infant Malltreatment. Hormones and Behavior Jan: 2378-44.
Kochanska, G, Aksan, N, Prisco, TR, and Adams, EE. (2008) “Mother-Child and Father-Child Mutually Responsive Orientation in the First Two Years and Children’s Outcomes: Mechanisms of Influence”. Child Development, Vol. 79, Issue 1,
Kochanska, G. (2002). Mutually responsive orientation between mothers and their young children: A context for the early development of conscience. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(6), 191–195. doi:10.1111/1467–8721.00198.
Books by Allan Schore, PhD, on this topic:
Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self (originally published 1994)
Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self (WW Norton & Company, 2003).
Affect Regulation and Repair of the Self (WW Norton & Company, 2003).
The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy (WW Norton & Co., 2012).
Modern Attachment Theory: The Central Role of Affect Regulation in Development and Treatment (Clinical Social Work Journal, 2008; 36: 9-20).
MacKinnon, L. (2012). The neurosequential model of therapeutics: An interview with Bruce Perry. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 33(3), 210-218. doi:10.1017/aft.2012.26