1. The Dance

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15. Touch Hunger
With a tiny baby (as with most of us) a gentle touch can be a powerful source of Comfort and Security.

You can pace them (dance with them) with touch.

And when you involve big sister in the process, you elevate her status and head off Sibling Rivalry (based on fear of losing out on Mom's attention)


Think that might be a little scary?

(Big sis, smiling) No!

(To big sis) Now, would you gently feel her feet, just very nicely? That's good!

(Big sis complies)

Just so she knows that somebody's touching her feet!

(Big sis continues gently massaging infant's feet. Infant lies quietly.)

Doctor continues exam of infant)

Oops! She bit my knuckle!

(Everyone laughs)

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