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Leach shows, almost month by month, what your baby will do so that you can understand and anticipate your child's development and behavior. She explains what is happening to the child—physically, mentally and emotionally—from newborn to 2 years old.
carry over into the daily (and nightly) routine of baby care. Such women say that they were horrified to find that they felt diminished, in their own eyes, by their semi-confinement to home, their loss of earnings, and the loss of identity and social contact which so often go with giving up a job. Others say, even more bitterly, that they feel that they could have accepted themselves as mothers—as whole, complete human beings playing a new and important role—but they quickly discovered that they
“Words are reproduced if, and only if, they are first made to sound good in the context of affectionate care and attention.” Dorothea McCarthy  derived similar ideas from working with human infants. She believed that human infants came to associate the gentle speech sounds they heard with pleasure and the fulfillment of their needs. When the infant then heard his own sounds, they sounded to him like those gentle speech sounds from his caretakers and therefore they too made him feel
with discipline. If he cannot have his pudding until he has finished his first course it will not take him long to realize that his mother minds more about him eating the entrée foods. By the laws of toddler contra-suggestiveness such a realization may quickly make him want the meat less and the pudding more. If he cannot have his food at all unless he eats it “nicely” he may well decide that he does not want it that much anyway. Parents who can be deliberately easygoing about meal-table behavior
babies and parents must still rely on general observations of what babies are like, almost irrespective of where their characteristics came from or of their lasting importance in development. Obviously all parents want to give their particular infant every possible advantage, whether or not he appears to have any problems. But it is less obvious that some “types” of baby are very much easier for some mothers to handle than for others. If a mother gets the kind of baby she was expecting, the kind
partners who provide the muscle power and the balance for these new physical adventures. Yet placed on a mat on the floor, or even in his carriage with the blankets removed, a baby of this age period can make some entertainment for himself. Many mothers accept the healthy exercise which goes with what is usually called “kicking”; but few realize the extent of the learning which goes on at the same time. We have seen that by 3 months most infants have coordinated their limbs to a point where