How do we meet our baby’s needs when we are isolating in the home?

Meet our baby’s need for rich environmental experience when you’re isolating in your home

Parents often suffer significant fatigue in the midst of their highly demanding and ever changing occupations and roles, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. For evolutionary reasons, babies quickly become discontent in interior environments for want of more complex and dynamic environmental stimulation. Considering families’ everyday activities and routines, how do parents manage the baby’s hunger for rich and changing sensory-motor input during a pandemic – and stay sane? Dr Emma Crawford is an occupational therapist and researcher, and co-founder of Fig and Vine Well-being for Little Ones.