As a nanny or parent that moment when a baby starts crying can be an anxious and confusing time. There's nothing tougher than facing a crying baby who just seems to get worse when you go near her or pick her up!
One of my favourite online childcare mentors Janet Lansbury recently discussed this topic in her post 'Would you pick this crying baby up?'. Through the post and accompanying video (below) she demonstrates that if we give our babies space, they will often communicate their upset to us then calm themselves down.
If we could only refrain from our instinctual reaction to pick a baby up, we might avoid some of those anxious moments and help the baby grow in confidence.
In the video this mum holds herself back from picking up her son when he gets upset:
Read more from Janet's blog post about what upset the wee one, and how to communicate with a baby to help it learn to self sooth.
What do you think- would you be inclined to pick the baby up or do you like this approach?
Rachel @ KiwiOz Nannies Sydney