Deborah Carlisle Solomon on Babies and Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE ®)

Deborah Carlisle Solomon shares how to go at the child's pace, talk through care routines, and focus on the relationship to connect with babies. Slow down, explain what you'll do before doing it, invite participation to reveal capabilities. Make care times about bonding through sensitivity and warmth.
· August 2, 2019

Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an expert in the development and care of infants and toddlers and the author of “Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way.” She was Executive Director of Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) from 2006-2014, during which time she expanded RIE®’s reach, created new curriculum and products, and trained students from varied backgrounds and cultures.

Deborah now has a private teaching, speaking and consulting practice where she works with parents, childcare providers, therapists and other Early Years professionals around the world; training individuals and providing consulting services to nurseries and schools.

In this session, Deborah Carlisle Solomon shares invaluable insights on the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach to caring for babies and young children. Known as ‘the RIE way’, this philosophy focuses on building strong, attuned relationships and supporting babies’ natural development.

Deborah emphasises the importance of slowing down, moving at the child’s pace rather than rushing. This creates calm and helps carers be fully present. Telling babies what will happen next also promotes security. We then ‘tarry’, pausing to allow them to process our words. Routines with consistent steps aid understanding and cooperation.

Key learning points:

  • Go slow. Move slowly, speak slowly – this sets the tone for peaceful, attentive care.
  • Talk through care routines. Explain what you’re going to do before doing it, then pause. This helps babies’ language development and participation.
  • Focus on relationships. Make caregiving times about connecting. Invite babies to take part; doing ‘with’, not ‘to’. Build bonds through sensitivity and warmth.

Deborah explains how, by inviting babies to lift their bottoms or hold out their arm, we reveal their innate capabilities. Yet we often unknowingly teach helplessness by rescuing too readily. Holding back from intervening in play allows children to build problem-solving skills for life.

This insightful discussion will inspire you to look afresh at your interactions with babies. Discover how to be truly present, foster cooperation and reveal children’s astounding competency – right from the start.

This episode was originally broadcast on the 2nd of August 2019

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