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How Love Can Shape Your Baby’s Future

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Dr. Howard Chilton is a Neonatal Paediatrician and author who studied Zen Buddhism. Over his 40+ year career he has helped countless new mothers navigate the often daunting and overwhelming journey into motherhood and in this interview with mother-of-two Jacinta Tynan, she finds out Dr Chilton’s views on why so many mums struggle with (particularly new) motherhood, and whether he thinks the “art of connecting with our Mothering Instinct” has been lost.

The respected baby doctor gives his reasoning behind why the controversial settling method of ‘controlled crying’ is only successful for a small percentage of newborns. He says “85% of babies are free spirits, they have no intention of having anything to do with routines because babies’ brains are not designed to be able to hold ‘habit’”. He adds “babies are in the perpetual ‘now’, so teaching them something five minutes ago has no relationship to what they expect of their mother in five minutes time.”

On the importance of the relationship we build with our baby through Attachment Parenting, he says the quality of protection, love and security we give them in their first year or two will last them a lifetime, and can determine the kind of adults they will become. Recognising that Attachment Parenting is not always practical however, he adds that a member of the extended family or a loving carer can be just as important “The baby knows whether the person loves them. And they know that through the love and attention they get. It’s really that simple.”

In this fascinating interview, the two go on to discuss the process whereby mother and baby fall in love with each other, child care and how the traits you see in your baby also become apparent in their teenage years.

If you would like to watch the second half of Jacinta’s interview with Dr Howard Chilton go to Mother Zen

Jacinta has just published her third book, Mother Zen, part memoir part modern parenting manifesto about how to be a more conscious and present parent and available via her website.

How Love Can Shape Your Baby’s Future

Dr. Howard Chilton’s books Baby on Board’ and ‘Your Cherished Baby’ are available via his website.

Written by Jacinta Tynan

Jacinta Tynan is a proud mother of two young boys. The Sky Newsreader helps ease new mother’s lives by sharing the expert advice she receives along the way as she raises her own children.

Her segments are full of useful tips and advice about how to make the most of this motherhood journey.

Jacinta is also the author of Mother Zen (Harlequin) part memoir, part manifesto of modern motherhood about her attempts to be a more conscious and present parent.

She also publishes a website motherzen.com interviewing parenting experts and other parents about how to make motherhood easier.

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