THE FIRST MONTHS
CLOTHING AND CARE
FOR THE BABY
EARLY PARENTAL DEVOTION
The best thing one can do for a newborn, baby and child, for their first years, is to devote oneself to their well being with gladness, and have a sense of gratitude for the gifts of life. As parents, we are given an intimate and delicate task. Developing patience, true attentiveness, compassion, honesty, and being present, are the greatest gifts one can ever give a child. Studies clearly show that the first six or seven years of life, and most especially the first three, have the most significant influence on brain development and subsequent learning, behaviour and health. Though they mostly fade from the child's memory, the effects of impressions, experiences and interactions with people at this time last a lifetime. The first years are so very short and go so quickly in the big picture of life. As a parent, raising oneself to this task can be an enormous challenge, but your efforts will benefit your child for the rest of their life.
Mother and child by Vinod Arora
What you do in detail is less important than the kind of person you try to be and the thoughts and ideas you carry. It is not enough to hide things from children while allowing yourself thoughts not intended for them. We must have and live the thoughts that we feel could and should live in the child. This is uncomfortable but nevertheless true.
Rudolf Steiner 
 Norrie McCain, Hon. Margaret and J. Fraser Mustard. Early Years Study. Publications Ontario, Toronto 1999
 Pearce, Joseph Chilton. Magical Child Bantam Books New York, 1989
 Steiner, Rudolf. The Education of the Child Anthroposophic Press, Hudson, N.Y. 1996
by Pompeio Batoni
"Only through faith in yourself and in your own life can you respond to a new life given you [...] according to the needs of that new life."
Joseph Chilton Pearce