The first three years are the most crucial for brain development in children. That is why it is imperative that the time you spend with your baby provides the proper engagement and challenges. Babies are like sponges. They start listening and processing information in the womb. Once they are born, they start absorbing the information around them. Stimulating baby's senses helps them learn about this new, big, noisy world.
Here are some activities that you can do with your infant to facilitate their development:
Newborn - at this point, baby's vision is quiet blurry and therefore high contrast and bright toys help grab their interest. Singing and reading to your baby helps develop their sense of hearing and provide a strong foundation for language development.
1-3 months - Tummy time is an important activity with your baby. Babies may not like it at first but as you gradually increase the time spent on the tummy, their muscles get stronger and they start to enjoy this time more and more. Using bright colored toys and rattles help grab their attention. We absolutely loved the "NogginStik" Find It Here
We got it as a gift and its has been a favorite ever since. It changes color to stimulate visual tracking and has textured bumps to encourage sensory development. The perfect rattle to grab your baby's attention at tummy time and beyond.
Another great rattle is the "Lamaze Rainbow Glow Rattle" Find It Here
4-6 months - If you have been consistent with your tummy time activities, your baby will be able to stay in this position longer. This is the perfect age when they start to reach for toys and are more animated. Talk to them, make them laugh, play peek-a-boo. It is a fun time for both parents and babies. You can still utilize the rattles mentioned above. Other fun toys to introduce at this stage are sensory balls. These balls have different colors, shapes and textures. You can have the baby roll the balls and explore the textures during tummy time as well as when they are sitting up.
By 6 months, some babies are able to sit well unassisted so this is the perfect time to introduce books where they can touch and explore different textures as well as learn how to flip the pages.
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