If you're worried about autism, do lots of rocking in your arms, singing lullabies, holding eye contact with a smile while you're nursing, changing diaper. Hold him nearly ALL the time. At 3 mos or so, do pat-a-cake games, etc. ... I was amazed to read that the successful therapies they use for autistic kids have a lot of lying on a bed which rocks (to jog the brain like being carried as a baby and walked and rocked) while they hear music and see a play of colors. My simplistic thinking concludes that normal affectionate mothering - lots of relating eye-to-eye and skin contact, lots of rhythmic walking and rocking, etc. are very good for infants. ...
at 1:58 AM on Jan. 15, 2009