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Session notes for Transition to a new world Stages: Birth to 2 months


For a baby, being born must be like moving to a new country — suddenly everything around them changes.  Baby will experience many ‘firsts’ as they enter a world of bright lights and different noises, smells, tastes and sensations — many of which will be new for them.

Ask the whānau:

    • Can you remember some of the firsts you experienced? Maybe:
      • leaving home
      • your first job
      • a new school
      • a new country or community?
  • What ‘sensory’ memories of those experiences do you have — such as smells, sights and sounds? 
  • What helped you to transition to those new places, spaces or experiences?

Think about what it’s like being a baby before birth, inside their mother — what sensory experiences might baby be having? (For example, wet, warm, snug, dark, safe and secure.)

Now, what about after their birth — what might their senses be experiencing?  (For example, bright lights, cold air, being touched and held, breathing air.)

Helping baby to transition

  • What can you do to help your baby transition into the ‘world of light’?

Fill in any gaps from the ideas below:

  • Let baby see your face.
  • Rock, walk or take baby for a ride in the pram or car.
  • Soothing baby — use one action at a time and repeat it over and over.
  • Get close and sing or hum to baby.
  • Talk to baby in a steady, soft voice.
  • Pick baby up and hold them close.
  • Wrap baby snugly.
  • ‘Windy’ babies may be more comfortable in an upright position.

How does this topic relate to the SKIP resources

Baby Wall Frieze – E aroha ana ahau ki te ako - I love to learn through all my senses

Six things children need - Te hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru - structured and secure world

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