Caring For Your Baby By Caring For Yourself

A calming ocean moment with my then-2-month-old daughter

So much of what you read in early motherhood focuses on your baby — and understandably! Suddenly, there’s a whole new tiny person in the world to feed and cuddle and love. But new moms also need time and space to care for themselves, which in turn can actually make them more tuned in to their baby’s needs and cues.

At Spright, we connect parents and parents-to-be with peers and professionals, fostering connections through shared experience and expert guidance. On June 28, Brett Collins, LCSW, will be leading a Spright workshop called Calm Yourself, Calm Your Baby, diving into the basic brain science behind regulation for both moms and babies. The conversational workshop will address ways for moms to carve out time to meet their own needs, with time for moms to chat directly with Brett about their own tips and struggles.

If you — or someone in your life — could benefit from chatting with Brett about self-care for moms, come and join us on June 28!

Before the workshop, Spright wanted to share a snippet of what Brett’s conversation will cover. Take it away, Brett:

The brain works from the bottom up. Basic needs have to be met before more advanced parts of the brain can fully function. In other words, if sleep, hunger, or safety needs aren’t met, we cannot fully access the emotional or thinking parts of our brain.

The brain organizes itself through rhythm and movement. Repetitive motor activity (rocking, walking) calms the brain and allows systems to get back in coordination.

The brain sees new things as danger. Novelty sets off alarm bells in the brain. Keeping a routine is important not only for baby but also for keeping stress low in adult brains.

“Mirror neurons” allow us to see the world through our baby’s eyes. Don’t be alarmed if you experience all-or-none thinking or increased worrying — this is often a function of your strong attunement to your baby and her needs.

To talk directly to Brett about this topic, and to get tips on how to apply these principles to life with a baby, come join us on Spright!

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