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Things New Parents Should Know # 3 - Recursion [Aug. 28th, 2008|12:01 am]
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There are a couple of definitions of recursion, but the one I'm concentrating on is a repeating or self-sustaining pattern. A simple visual example would be to have two mirrors facing each other so that they reflect one another and the reflections appear to recede to infinity.

Another one is the simple shampoo instructions -

1. Lather
2. Rinse
3. Repeat

A third example is the following -

1. Baby doesn't like being even partially undressed for a nappy change, and so cries and gets distressed
2. In its distressed state, it gets so upset that it starts to vomit and poo more as its stress levels rise
3. This requires more clean-up, meaning the baby is undressed longer, adding to the stress, and so the cycle continues

[User Picture]From: termagent
2008-08-28 01:20 pm (UTC)
Child care centres usually have a musical mobile suspended over the change table to distract them and it seems to work.

If they get too messy and you have two adults handy, you just strip off and hop in the shower with them. Lots of lovely skin-to-skin contact immediately even if they are covered in poo and vomit, they find it very soothing and relaxing (at least mine all did) and when they're clean you get the dry adult to bundle them up in a towel and dress them.
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