Understanding a Baby’s Brain (with Neuroscientist and Doula Dr Greer Kirshenbaum)

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Did you know that neuroscientists have discovered that much of the emotional brain is built very early in life? 

This week I’m joined by Dr Greer Kirshenbaum and we are talking about how early experiences shape our brain, the tools and practices we can use to help support our infants, and how some practices used in ‘sleep training’ can negatively affect a child’s brain.

You’ll learn:

06:21 What neuroscience tells us. Greer shares why neuroscience talks about zero to three years being an important time where the core structures of the brain are built.

08:00: Infants don’t have self-regulation skills between zero to three years. The expectations for babies in society to do things that their brains are just not capable of doing.

10:05 The myth of self-soothing. Why babies can’t self regulate, and what babies do actually learn when left to cry alone.

13:30: Sleep regressions. The developmental leaps children are making during these times, and why we should be using the term ‘sleep progressions’ instead of ‘sleep regressions’.

16:40: Drop the schedule! Why we need to listen to the signals of the baby’s body rather than focusing on tight schedules.

19:20: How it’s never too late to be responsive and how you can offer repair and be responsive at any stage of a child’s life.

If you would love to connect with Dr Greer you can find her below at:

On Instagram @ nurture_neuroscience_parenting

And on her website: https://www.nurtureneuro.com

I hope you enjoyed this episode and have found it useful!

Celebrating this podcast we are running a free giveaway, where you can win a 30-minute consult with Greer to cover Infant and Family Sleep Education or a Sleep Issue.

All you have to do to enter with a chance to win is take a picture of yourself listening to this episode, share it on Instagram Stories and tag us @babyemuk



teach the science and support the art of nurturing infants so families can use sound science to enhance every single day of their children’s lives.