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(p. 285) The Baby as a Person 

(p. 285) The Baby as a Person
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(p. 285) The Baby as a Person
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0054
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date: 20 April 2018

In this broadcast and paper for mothers, Winnicott describes how digestion relates to a baby as ‘body’ but that the act of feeding and digesting food also involves a baby’s imaginative experience. Total happenings, where the baby’s body and his imagining are in synchrony, thanks to the mother’s adaptation, enable babies to catch hold of time. By allowing the baby time for total experiences, and by her own participation, mothers provide the foundation for the child’s capacity eventually to enjoy all sorts of experiences. Mothers have no difficulty in seeing the person in their own babies from the start.

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