The importance of comfort

 Comfort on the cosyplay mat

We shouldn’t really think of comfort as a luxury.  When it comes to babies, comfort is the most important prerequisite to learning. 

Imagine sitting in a cinema on a wooden chair, you probably would not get quite as engrossed in the film, even if it was a great film.

Remember what the midwife advised when you first started breast feeding?  Was it, to make sure that you are comfortable, because you are likely to be there for a long time?  You are far more likely to feed for longer and give your baby the full amount required when you are sitting comfortably and it really does not matter how long your little one takes.

Yet, by the time your baby has reached a few months, many of us seem to have forgotten just how important comfort is when you want to become engrossed and when you don’t have a choice to move. 

Your tiny baby might be too small to roll over or turn to his side, so he is stuck in the position he was placed in.  This means the only way he can make his discomfort understood is to cry.

At the same time, you want your baby to be happy, listen and chat to you, gurgle and maybe remember the nursery rhyme from yesterday.  If you are both in a comfortable space, your baby’s attention span and your own will be longer, because you won’t get disturbed by any aches and pains.

The cosyplay mat is made from super comfortable memory foam.  It was used quite deliberately, because memory foam is known to relieve pressure points in people that can’t move.  Memory foam has been used extensively in the healthcare sector to prevent pressure sores in immobile patients.  

Babies are not old and fragile, but they also are unable to move into a more comfortable position when they are very small.    So, if you want to allow your baby to get engrossed in whatever they are doing, make sure they are going it on a comfortable surface.

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