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Recommended reading What a young baby needs Stages: Multiple

Who baby needs

Watch this short YouTube clipOpens in new window where SKIP community champion Latu To'omaga talks to the Parenting Resource's Vicky Ellison about the importance of connecting with a baby through direct gaze (kanohi ki te kanohi) and using your voice to convey empathy and love.  Even a big strong man can melt when he sees his baby.

Baby will like gazing at facxes and watching how your mouth moves while you talk.  However, we don't do it only because baby likes it, but also because this is how language learning happens and attachment relationships are developed.  This little activityOpens in new window reinforces the value of talking face-to-face with baby and explains how to do it.


'Parentese' is a way of speakiung to young babies that they are most responsive to.  Here's a workshop and some playful activitiesOpens in new window showing the power of parentese.  These are fun to do with a small group, and whānau may like to try it with their friends.


In the video Latu talks about empathy.  Here's an articleOpens in new window that explores the developmemnt of empathy - the ability to 'tune into' another person's feelings and thoughts.

Aroha atu, aroha mai

This 25-minute-long video helps us to understand a baby's social and emotional needs in their first 3 months.

The video is available in English, Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Māori, and Niuean.  After you click on the link, just choose your language option from the list.

Further information about the video can be found in this session noteOpens in new window and in this Group Programme workshop.Opens in new window

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