Expert / 27 March, 2021 / Ellie Thompson

Building Your Baby’s Confidence: Tips For The First Year & Beyond

We know that a child’s first year is crucial when it comes to development. Every experience will shape your baby’s mindset, forming the foundations for future learning, behaviour, and health. Repeated human contact like touching, talking, singing, and gazing into each other’s eyes trigger your newborn’s brain to release hormones that help them to grow, to enable memory, thought, and language. We believe that it’s important to invest in products that will help you foster a bond and develop a closeness with your child to enable the healthy physical and mental development of your baby.

Stokke’s products are designed specifically to bring your baby closer to you amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. All of their products have one common purpose: to encourage child development and to strengthen bonding between parents and their children. They know from that closeness comes connection, and from connection, comes confidence that will last a lifetime.

The social benefits of eating together as a family

Bonding is about responding to your baby’s needs with love and care. When you do this, you become a special, trusted person in your baby’s life. When you bring your child to the family table, you make eye-contact, you interact, and you bond. You show your child that you see them, hear them and that you get them. This gives them the sense of security they need to feel safe, understood, and loved.

The Stokke Tripp Trapp

The Tripp Trapp is a chair that will grow with your child and will last a lifetime. The Tripp Trapp’s intelligent, adjustable design allows freedom of movement with both depth and height adjustable seat and footplates, so your child is always seated at the correct height.

Ergonomic seating for every age

“One of the first purchases I made when I was pregnant was a Tripp Trapp, and although I thought I’d pass it down from child to child, I ended up buying one for each of my three children, and even now my ten year old still sits in his bright red Tripp Trapp.” says Leo, founder of My Baba.

The chair that grows with your child

The Tripp Trapp offers your child a seat at the dining table from a newborn, so even the tiniest of babies can feel part of the family.

Positioning your baby next to you at to the dinner table will aid skill development, as babies learn by modelling; watching, listening and mimicking the behaviour they see around them.

You’ll baby will soon learn how to hold cutlery and lift a cup – although it may take some practice!

The hub of the home

“I was so excited when Stokke launched the Tripp Trapp Baby Set because it meant that my baby could be part of family life around the kitchen table – the hub of the home, from day one.” Leo adds.

Raising happy children

Dinnertime is a powerful tool for raising happy kids, and it’s much easier for infants to develop good motors skills when they are seated well. For many busy families, mealtimes present the perfect time to catch up on everyone’s news and to share what they have been up to, as well as an opportunity to eat healthily as a family.

Exploring the outside world together

It takes time for parents to get to know their newborn baby, even though the process starts as soon as you know you’re expecting. Learning to communicate with your baby by reading their body language will encourage your little one to communicate more. Babies want to connect with their parents through vision, touch, and talk, so they can turn to you when they need reassurance.

There are so many benefits to getting outside with your baby – it’s always a brilliant sensory experience. It’s worth remembering, however, that the only safety your child knows is you. When out strolling, they’re all of a sudden faced with a world unknown. It is a challenging and often scary experience, so why not make life easier and invest in a stroller that’s been designed especially for parent-child interaction.

The Stokke Xplory

The award-winning Stokke Xplory has long since been one of our favourite pushchairs at My Baba. It continues to evolve and is one of the most revolutionary strollers in the multifunctional stroller category. It’s a pushchair designed specifically to promote physical closeness with your baby, and it’s a stroller that will grow with your child.

Physical closeness

Thanks to Stokke’s pioneering seat height adjustability both the carrycot and seat unit can be positioned on the chassis in accordance with your personal preference. The Stokke Xplory’s elevated seating design means whether it’s a smile, a touch, or a cuddle, your baby can get what they need from you from the comfort and security of their buggy. It’s these close connections that enable children to feel brave enough to play, learn, develop, and interact with their surroundings from a place that’s safe and secure.

The Xplory brings your baby closer to you, giving your newborn the confidence to explore the world around them.

As your baby grows…

The Xplory’s seat can be adjusted in depth and length as they continue to grow and when your child is more independent, the seat unit can be turned to forward-face. What’s more, the seat supports sleep and rest as well as providing your child with the perfect position to enjoy the ride.

Together with the Stokke BeSafe car seat you have yourself an entire travel system suitable from newborn to 15kgs, and there’s also the option of a sibling board for an old brother or sister.

Create a room that can grow with your child

Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development, so when it comes to bedtime, we’re huge advocates of a predictable routine from an early age.

When your baby knows that after dinner it’s bath, bottle, and bed, they don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen next. Instead, they can focus on mastering new skills they’ll need to meet their milestones. Healthy and sufficient sleep is incredibly important for a developing baby, and deciding on a bedside crib or cot is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when you’re expecting.

The 4-in-1 Stokke Sleepi

The Sleepi is an evolving bed that grows with your child from birth.

It begins life as a stylish oval mini crib, with its shape creating a cosy nest for your baby, offering optimum airflow. Built on wheels, you can move the bed from room to room when you want to keep your baby close.

“One of the reasons I love the Stokke Sleepi is because like the Tripp Trapp high chair, it grows with your child. It might not seem important at the time but investing in just one sleep solution is not only more environmentally friendly, it makes life so much easier for you, and for your child as they grow and adapt to a bigger but still familiar sleeping area.” Says My Baba’s Leo.

The bed that evolves as your baby grows

To get the most life from your sleep space, the Stokke Sleepi Junior Extension and Junior Mattress enable this product to grow with your child up to 10 years old. This nifty extension kit cleverly extends the bed to transform it into a larger bed, sofa or play space. “The Sleepi is such a special bed, it’s perfect for bedtime stories, and my son couldn’t love it more.”

The Sleepi lends itself to adventure during the day – making it a fabulous place for friends to play. Mummy to Instagram stars Cassie and Rio recently overhauled her children’s bedroom with the Stokke Sleepi, investing in one for both of her children of different ages. Nikki says, “The beds have removable side rails, a height-adjustable mattress base as well as lockable swivel wheels. I love how easy they are to move around which we do quite a lot when we want to play!”

The Sleepi is a timeless, statement piece that will suit any interior, but most importantly, it’s a product that will provide your baby with the familiarity they need to feel safe and secure, while avoiding the disruptive transitions that can occur between crib, cot, toddler and junior bed.

From closeness comes connection, and then confidence

Providing children with products that give them the unique chance to be close to their parents promotes bonding and attachment to help your baby grow mentally and physically. Laying down good foundations for emotional wellbeing will equip your child with the confidence and ability to cope with all sorts of challenges later in life.

Stokke is a Norwegian company recognised worldwide for best-in-class solutions for children. Stokke’s range of products is made from durable materials in timeless designs. Stokke’s collection of furniture, prams, and accessories all benefit from a grow-with-you functionality, ensuring longevity for each product. 

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