Capture Your Child's Best Moments...and We Don't Mean with a Camera!

Catch your child's best moments and comment on what they are doing, touch them, talk to them, and provide specific praise. Try to figure out what kinds of attention your child responds to best, then notice and give lots of praise when you catch them doing something good! 


Learn why this is important here


Brain Science for Your Baby


It's so easy to get distracted. There is so much to do and often so little time. But your toddler's brain depends on you!   The back and forth interaction between you and your toddler - which we call serve and return - is SO important to her brain development as you interaction with your toddler.   For more on how "serve and return" helps your toddler's brain, go to:



A Baby Buffer Prescription for Your Baby
  • Praise your child when they do a good job of playing alone or with siblings while you complete a task (e.g., making dinner, folding laundry, opening mail, talking on the phone).
  • Set a goal for the number of times you will "give attention" to your child during a specific time period (e.g., 10 times in 20 minutes) and keep track of how you do! Make these "practices" a typical part of your day. Notice how your child responds, how you feel, and how this affects your child's behavior and your mood!


A baby Buffer Prescription for You  


  • Purposefully noticing positive behaviors can help you focus less on the negative behaviors and have more positive feelings about your child and your interactions.

  • When you keep things positive, you will also feel good about HOW you are talking to your child. Take notice of YOUR positive behaviors and tell yourself that you are doing a great job!



What Your Baby Can Do - Developmental Milestones 


By now, your toddler is starting to use and understand more language. Many children are able to use single words and some are able to put two or more words together.

Your child can also understand more of what you are saying and can follow simple 1-step directions ("sit down", "get your shoes"). This means that your child is paying attention to what you say, how you say it, and when you say it.

Catching Your Child Being Good is Good for Everyone!
Barbara Unell

Catching your child "being good" means telling your child that you like his good behavior, such as sharing, telling the truth, saying he's sorry for doing something wrong, and treating others kindly. The more times you do this every day, the more your child will behave nicely every day!  



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