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BABIES NEEDS

BABIES NEEDS

This section prepares the child for the beginning of their history. By explaining how much dedication and work a baby needs you can prepare your child with understanding why their birth parents may not have been able to look after a baby at that time in their life. 

It may be worth explaining that some people can have babies very easily and some people can’t. Some people have children who are not ready to have them.

Try to make discussion of feelings leads on to something on love. Everyone involved in the child’s life is keen to inform the child that their parents loved them and yet this so often leaves the child confused since their life history when it is revealed to them often shows their parents had priorities which are at odds with the meaning of the word ‘love’.

WHAT IS LOVE ?

Most people who have children love and want to keep them. But love is not just a feeling - it is also an action. A parent’s love is about trying to keep their child happy and safe. We already know how many things babies need. If a parent loves a child in their heart but can not give them what they need to be safe then their love is limited and may not be 

enough for a child.

PAGES TO INCLUDE:

  1. Bullet    BABIES NEEDS - illustrate what a baby needs in pictures

  2. Bullet    WHAT IS LOVE - explain why love is an action, not only a

         feeling.

  1. Bullet    EXERCISES - Tips to involve the child in Life Story Work

BABIES NEEDS

    You could scan in some of your own child’s baby things: dummy, first booties, bottles,
        clothes etc..

    Ask your child: ‘Can you think of things a baby needs to survive and be happy?’

    Type words into Google images like: baby sleeping, baby bath, baby in nappy, hugging,
        and let your child choose the pictures they want.

    Print the images out and let your child cut them out and stick them in a montage.

    Use a baby doll or a cuddly animal and role play how it might be looked after. Talk 
        about how these actions are part of the love that a mother gives a baby.
BABIES NEEDS

PHOTO OF BABY ITEMS ESSENTIAL TO BABY CARE AND LOVE

Illustrate that a baby needs :

Cuddles
Nappies
Toys
A cot, blankets
To be kept warm & clean
A warm quiet place to sleep…
You could use puppies or kittens curled up together for cuddles.

For toys, an image of a mobile above a baby cot shows that even tiny babies need stimulation.

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