Podcast: Mom and Mind - Highly Sensitive Babies

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I’m happy to share my interview with Dr. Kat Kaeni, on her podcast, Mom and Mind. We discussed highly sensitive babies and how best to support them. Listen below!

Show Highlights:

  • How proper support in childhood can prevent symptoms of anxiety and depression in adulthood, but lack of support usually means increased symptoms

  • What to look for in an infant (keep in mind that these indicators can show up differently):

    • Advancement in speech and language

    • Highly observant

    • Frequent overstimulation, with crying and meltdowns

    • Sensitive skin and frequent rashes

    • Prone to allergies and food sensitivities

    • Sensitivity to detergents and chemicals

    • Aversion to certain food textures and fabric textures

    • Strong reactions to being wet, dirty, and sticky

    • Preferences of adults with softer energy levels

    • Sleep sensitivities

    • Sensitivity to noise and temperature changes

    • Needing to be held a lot

  • How we create more stress in the way we label HSP behaviors

  • How our sensitivities go down when we are balanced and our needs are met

  • How to support mom and baby if they both have HSP tendencies

  • The HSP trait: it’s innate, affects 20% of the population, is equal in gender distribution, and 70% of HSP’s are introverts

  • Why it’s recommended that HSP’s have 2 hours of alone time each day

  • Changing the culture and helping new moms have “down time”

  • An infant’s mirror neurons when mom is not balanced

  • Recovery times that mom and baby need

  • How the brain perceives anxiety---and how deep breathing can help

  • Difficulties when mom and baby have the HSP trait

  • The roles of sleep, sickness, stress--and how HSP’s are affected

  • What can do to prevent overwhelm and overstimulation

  • How a non-HSP parent can understand an HSP child

  • Why it’s important to work with a good therapist

  • The need for reducing and removing self-judgment

  • The value of finding your tribe and feeling understood


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~Julie Bjelland is a psychotherapist, global HSP consultant, author of several books, and leader in the field of high sensitivity and has helped thousands of highly sensitive people around the world. As an HSP herself, and mother of highly sensitive children, Julie understands what it is like to live with high sensitivity and strong emotions. Her mission is to spread awareness and education of the trait and to help HSPs reduce the challenges so they can access their many gifts! Julie invites you to explore her website that is full of HSP resources: www.juliebjelland.com.

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