Did you know that the way you love your baby shapes his brain -- and also shapes all his future relationships? When you hold, feed and gaze at your baby, your brain and body are flooded with oxytocin, the brain chemical that lets us love, trust and mate. And your baby's brain learns to release oxytocin in response. Her ability to form deep connections with other people depends on the earliest experiences, beginning in the womb.
This is an awesome responsibility. Luckily, it's not that hard. Many of the things you naturally do to care for your baby help shape a healthy oxytocin response.
But some common childrearing practices do more harm than good. These mistakes can train your baby to believe that the world is a scary, uncomfortable place. And these attitudes can persist throughout life, limiting your child's ability to experience love, joy and connection.
Oxytocin Parenting is an approach that helps you use your natural inclinations to create a warm, safe connection with your baby and, as she grows, teach her how to love and trust appropriately and safely.
The book contrasts traditional views of parenting practices with the way Oxytocin Parenting views them.
You will learn to parent softly in a way that feels good to you and to your child.
If you're thinking about getting pregnant, expecting or raising a baby or toddler, then you should read Oxytocin Parenting.