Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

Immediately after giving birth, a very important period begins for mother and baby.

This period is marked by the fact thatmother and baby get acquainted, get used to, become attached to each other, adapt to a new life together. This process is called imprinting.

Let's talk more about this phenomenon today, as well as its impact on the development of the baby in the future.

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Imprinting: what is it?

Imprinting- This is the process of rapidly developing the attachment of children to their mothers.

Irina Kolpakova, pediatrician, homeopath - Homeopathic Center named. Demyana Popova says: "Imprinting (from the English. Imprinting - imprinting). This term was introduced into medicine and psychology by the scientist Konrad Lawrence. He watched the behavior of newborn chicks of gray geese and noticed that they all follow him, seeing him as their parent. Instinctive capturing is to memorize certain signs of objects that cause any behavioral reactions in later life (the image of the enemy, the image of the parent,sexual partner, food) ".

One of the main goals of imprinting- this is the formation of a long-term relationship with the parent, that is, memorizing the image of the mother and securing attachment to her.

Irina Kolpakova, pediatrician, homeopath - Homeopathic Center named. Demyana Popova: "Imprinting is the first vivid impressions of close people, the world around us, this memorization, this acquaintance with mom. Imprinting is carried out by all the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste) and in the newborn occurs at a subconscious level. He sees the world in which he comes, he hears his sounds, the voice of his mother, sees his mother, smells her, tastes milk, feels safe next to her, being in her arms, knows everything around. Now, the baby will discern his mom among many people, will be especially sensitive to her voice, touch, smell. First impressions leave a mark on the subconscious for life. Psychologists believe that the nature, success, pretentiousness, interpersonal skills, and relationships with parents and their children in the future depend on how favorable the imprinting of a newborn was. ”

Imprinting begins immediately after the birth of the crumbs and lasts up to several months. In the first hours of life, the child seeks to get acquainted with the mother, and then studies and memorizes the rest of the relatives, as well as all the objects and phenomena that surround him.

Irina Kolpakova, pediatrician, homeopath - Homeopathic Center named. Demyana Popova:«Imprinting also occurs in the mother in relation to her newborn baby. Only in her case is this conscious sealing. A woman meets her baby, remembers his appearance, smell, voice, after meeting she is able to recognize him among thousands of other babies. ”

Imprinting- It is an integral part of the generic process. It is vital for mother and baby, it is thanks to imprinting that mutual affection of mother and baby is formed, as well as the child’s first impressions of this world, which he has yet to explore.

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How does the imprinting happen?

Imprinting can be divided into two stages: primary and secondary.

Primary imprintingLasts the first few hours after the birth of the crumbs. It can be divided into the following phases:

  • relaxation(15-30 min. After childbirth) - the baby recuperates after passing through the birth canal, he screams, sneezes, sniffles, the nose gets rid of mucus, for the first time touches mother's skin, rests, gets used to the new breathing pattern;
  • awakening(30-40 minutes after birth) - after relaxation, the baby begins to move in search of the breast;
  • activity phase(40 minutes - an hour after birth) - the baby finds the breast and is first applied;
  • relaxation(1-2 hours after birth) - after eating the child falls asleep, as a rule, the mother falls asleep with the baby.

Secondary imprintingcomes within the first days after the birth of the baby and can last up to several months.

The baby and mother wake up, the crumb begins to look for the breast, finds it and is applied, the mother helps the crumb to eat.

After eating the baby falls asleep again, now in the next month the crumb will live in the mode: sleep-food. Over time, the baby will begin to stay awake and in these moments to explore the world around him. Over time, the child will be more awake and more and more interested in the world around him.

Mom-forumchanka Taisiya shared her story:“I will never forget how I first saw my baby. These are such incredible feelings: a mixture of strong curiosity, joy, happiness, pride, surprise and affection. What is surprising, at once I really want to hug a crumb, stroke, squeeze, because he is so dear, so cute and defenseless. And the first attachment is generally unearthly happiness. So amazing, the child has just been born, does not understand anything yet, but he knows that he needs to eat and the main thing is that he knows where the food is hiding! Nature is something fantastic! The day of birth is the happiest day in my life, I have never felt such a tangle of different feelings before, this is wonderful! ”

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Types of imprinting

There are these types of imprinting:

  • oralit manifests itself in attachment to the chest, psychologists say that it is on how this imprinting happens that a person’s character in the future, his attitude to life, life position, and survival strategy depend;
  • territorial emotional imprinting- this kind of imprinting starts,when mother and baby return home from the maternity hospital: the child studies his home, prepares for independent movement in it, the conditions in which the first knowledge of the surrounding world takes place will depend on what role a person will play in society - dominant or subordinate;
  • verbal imprinting -the baby knows the logic of things and the sequence of what is happening, the child’s speech and the way he thinks depends on this stage of knowledge;
  • social imprinting -this is the formation of relationships with other adults and children, this stage determines the social and family role of the person in the future.

Psychologists believe that the imprinting process begins after birth and continues until about six months of age. It is during this period that the child will most actively memorize models of relations with the outside world.

Imprinting is a very important process that allows the baby to gradually learn about this world, starting with getting to know mom. Help the baby pass this period, be patient and caring.

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    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet

    Imprinting: How Mom and Baby Meet