Parent Baby & Child Relations
Based on Drs. Julie and John Gottman's research, The Bringing Baby Home Program is engaging and informative and offers several methods of instruction such as short lecture, video instruction, music, and time for short exercises with your partner. Comfortable seating is provided for all participants. Parents with babies three months and younger are invited to bring their little ones along with them while they attend the classes.
Both fathers and mothers who took the BBH program (compared to those that did not) showed greater sensitivity and responsiveness to their infant’s signals. This was particularly true for fathers.
Babies expressed more smiling and laughter during family play if their parents had participated in the BBH program. This was true for both 3 and 12-month-old infants.
Mothers who took the BBH program rated their babies as showing less distress in response to limitations (such as having a toy out of reach).
Fathers who took the BBH program reported being more involved in parenting and feeling more satisfied and appreciated for their parental contributions.
There was less hostility expressed by both husbands and wives during conflict discussions if they had taken the BBH program.
There were less language delays in one-year-old infants of parents who took the BBH program.
Couples who took the BBH program reported high stable relationship quality. Those who did not take the BBH program showed a decline in relationship quality over the first year after the baby’s birth.
PLEASE NOTE: THE BBH PROGRAM IS EDUCATIONAL AND NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR COUPLE’S COUNSELLING/THERAPY.
For more info about Drs. John & Julie Gottman’s work, visit www.gottman.com.