Sunday, April 26, 2009


Recently in my class at Isis I learned about a theory called "Touchpoints" by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s. They explain why we did not sleep last night.

Here are four touchpoints in the first year which provide opportunities for a clinician to
join parents in understanding sleep issues: "sleep issues" they mean we were up all night with baby rolling around like a wild child... awake all night long.

1. 4 months – learning to stretch out to 8 hours by baby learning to find a way to
get self to sleep at every 3-4 hour light cycle sleep.
2. 8 months – awakens again because of crawling mobility and stranger
awareness (cognitive spurt).
3. 10 months – standing beside crib every 3-4 hours as if can’t get down.
4. 12 months – wakes up every 3-4 hours with newfound autonomy with walking
plus increased dependence

Here are four touchpoints for incipient eating issues:

1. Newborn – decision about breastfeeding
2. 4 months – imminent spurt in interest in environment causes split in feeding
3. 9 months – needs to feed self with finger feeding with new pincer grasp.
4. 12 months - negativism of second year and setting up necessary diet so that
independence can be settled on child.

~Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s book, Touchpoints (1992)

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