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"In The Arms" Policy for Infant Programs



Infants need to be held often. Your arms should be "full" for the majority of the day. Infants should be held while taking a bottle, not on a boppy when your arms are empty. When holding infants, keep them close and have direct eye contact with them. Cubbling helps infants develop their sense of trust in you as their caregiver.


Infants should not be left crying in their cribs or on the floor. When an infant cries, pick them up and reassure them. You cannot hold a baby too much, nor can you spoil a baby. When caregivers respond quickly to cries of distress and find out what is needed, infants will learn to feel secure and trust the person who cares for them.


Babies cry to let adults know they need assistance or sometimes just to be reassured. Your role as an infant teacher is to meet the needs of the children in your care.


As you know, these needs vary from infant to infant as well as from day to day. The babies in your care are learning to recognize the important adults in their lives. Close physical contact helps babies develop attachments to adults, contributing to their sense of security. As teachers, we need to provide sensitive care to promote healthy emotional

development.

 
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