Introduce the Whakatipu Te Pihinga 1 booklet to the whānau. Talk about page 7 ‘Introducing pēpi to new environments’ section through with the whānau.
Have you heard of this type of tikanga or had a similar experience?
Can you tell me about it?
If not you might talk about how they could do something like that if they want to.
How interested would you be in doing something like this?
Who could you get to help you?
Who would you want to be part of such an event?
This particular practice mentions lifting pēpi to the four winds, and suggests that the whānau might like to take a few breaths too. Breathing is often talked about by healers and helpers as a relaxation technique, improving mood, lowering blood pressure and helping us to calm. It is introducing pepi to the universe in a positive and grounding way.
As the whakatauki on page 2 says - Hokia ki ō maunga kia pūrea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea – return to your mountain so you can be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea. In other words – breathe. Breath is life.
There are lots of ways whānau might welcome pēpi to their new environment. Even having a supper or an afternoon tea for whānau and friends.
What would work for you?
As pēpi is adjusting to being out in the world so too are dad and mum to becoming parents to a new born. On page 7 it talks about whānau learning about their new pēpi through careful observations.
Getting in tune
Titiro, whakarongo, whakaaro – watch pēpi closely, listen carefully for different cries and sounds she makes and think about:
What is your pēpi signalling right now?
What do you think they would tell you if they could talk?
What do you think they might be thinking you’re saying to them?
How does this relate to the SKIP resources?
Baby Wall Frieze - Ka taea e au ki te mātakitaki – I can watch
Six things children need - Te mahi pono – ngā hua me ngā hapa - Consistency and consequences