What is “goodness of fit”?

How can we improve the fit between ourselves and our child, and between our child and their environments? Goodness of fit is how well an environment—and the people in it!—match a child’s temperament. Just like that beloved toddler toy, the shape sorter, we can imagine that every child’s temperament has a unique shape that fits […]

Temperament: each child’s unique blueprint

Every child is unique. We are each born with a special combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits that influences how we approach the world. Temperament is like a one-of-a-kind blueprint for each child.   We all recognize aspects of temperament in our children, often from very early on:  Kylie gets upset easily, but calms […]

Learn More: The CuddleBright® Lovie

Your child probably has many toys or cuddly stuffed animals to play with and connect to. So what have we done to make the CuddleBright Lovie different from the rest? In the CuddleBright system, we assigned the Lovie the job of being your child’s transitional object by becoming their special Lovie, serving as a physical […]

Learn More: Keepsake Heart

Like the child’s Lovie, the job of the CuddleBright Keepsake Heart is to be a transitional object, providing the parent with something tangible to touch and hold during times of separation and transitions. Nestled within the pages of A Cuddle Before I Go, the Keepsake Heart is a visual and physical reminder for the parent […]

Learn More: Parenting Guide

The Parenting Guide contains 18 short and digestible chapters on parenting topics, and is informed by child development theory, years of clinical experience, and neuroscience research. It gives parents an overview of the development of the whole child from birth to 5 – social, emotional, cognitive, and physical, all of which influence each other and […]

Learn More: “A Cuddle Before I Go” Board Book

The CuddleBright Experience includes the delightfully-illustrated and rhyming A Cuddle Before I Go board book, which is the sequential story of a Goodbye and Hello routine between a parent and baby. The job of the board book is to provide parents a model for establishing a consistent and reliable routine that helps parent and child […]

Getting Started: Building Bonds

Attachment is a deep, enduring emotional bond connecting one person to another across time and space (Bowlby, 1969). For a parent and child, it can start well before birth, but the real work of developing healthy attachments starts once baby arrives—ready to connect, observing the world around him, with you at the center of it […]

Getting Started: Routines and Rituals

Routines are consistent ways to do daily tasks. They provide structure, consistency, and predictability. Routines are welcome comforts in your baby’s ever-changing world. The repetition of routines establishes order for your baby, which helps him navigate his day and makes it easier for you to guide him.  Rituals are meaningful actions you do with intention […]

Skin: The Key To Daddy-Baby Connection

Fathers often find it challenging to connect with their newborn.  Before becoming a parent, most men have had little contact with infants. Furthermore, they play a secondary role in the birthing process. When baby arrives, dads can be tentative, awkward, and unskilled interacting with the newest member of the family. An easy way to make […]

Transitional Objects: Helpful for Parents Too?

The term “transitional object” was originally coined by Winnicott (1951, 1953) to describe the soft, clingable objects infants and young children become attached to (e.g., soft blankets or teddy bears).  These object attachments decrease distress and anxiety while providing comfort and security for young children during separations from the parent.  Winnicott described these objects as […]