Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day. There are few things as sweet as witnessing how a baby goes through its growth stages and finds its personality.
Although they are dependent on adults, babies make the adults feel like they are the ones who make the rules. It is almost funny how babies are unable to talk or to move, yet they easily attract all the attention and love wherever they appear. A baby is so cute and tiny, yet his presence can turn all your life over, in some good or slightly uncomfortable ways.
All your priorities change dramatically and your sense of fulfillment reaches a new, unmatched depth. Having a baby means going through a series of heartwarming milestones, such as seeing the baby take his first step, say his first word, or smile at someone for the first time. However, the most incredible moment is when the baby actually learns to recognize his parents. Let’s look at a few play ideas for your newborn baby.
Taking Your Baby For A Walk
Babies need fresh air and light, and they need to get out. A healthy baby can go outside every day, even in winter, as long as the temperature is not too cold (down to about –12°C) and it’s not too windy. She’ll be stimulated and distracted, and get plenty of oxygen.
If you want to establish a good sleep strategy for your child, taking them out for a walk might help. Getting out, and in particular, getting outside in nature is good for parents and babies.
According to most pediatric health experts, infants can be taken out in public or outside right away as long as parents follow some basic safety precautions. They don’t have to wait until 6 weeks or 2 months of age. Although they can’t tell us that, I’m sure they love the ride!
Making Eye Contact, Smiling, And Talking To Your Infant
Babies communicate from birth through crying and eye contact, and then simple sounds and gestures. Talking and responding to babies helps them develop language and communication skills.
If your baby is already looking in your direction, make gestures, sing, smile, or talk to your baby. Touch or voice along with mutual eye contact helps in developing better bonding with your baby.
The early nonverbal forms of communication eye contact and joint attention are vitally important for laying a solid foundation for language to develop. Eye contact is an early predictor of language skills. First, an infant develops the ability to focus his eyes on a face.
Playing together helps you and you’re newborn get to know each other. That’s because play can tell you a lot about your newborn’s personality. Rough and silly or quiet and calm, you’ll soon know what your newborn likes.
Singing Nursery Rhymes
It demonstrates why repetitive songs like nursery rhymes (and those Wiggles songs) are so effective with babies and kids. Nursery rhymes typically feature a lot of repetition and natural rhythm.
Nursery rhymes typically feature a lot of repetition and natural rhythm. They tend to start and finish in a predictable way. It’s even been suggested that many nursery rhymes match the natural speed of the heartbeat, which makes them very calming for babies.
A new study has revealed that singing is better than talking when it comes to keeping your baby calm. What all this means is that babies were able to regulate their emotions better when listening to a singing voice. As the true value of music is becoming more recognized, singing, in particular, is being noted for its positive effects on infants.
And babies love their mother’s voice, It is the most important voice for an infant! A recent study from the University of Montreal found that babies remained calm for longer when listening to singing, compared with listening to a regular speaking voice or a voice that used baby-talk.
Reading Or Telling Them A Story
Reading stories stimulates your baby’s imagination and helps them learn about the world around them. It’s a great time for you to bond with your baby and share time together too. You can start reading aloud to your baby early, the earlier the better.
Hold your baby close or on your knee while you read, so your child can see your face and the book. Try out funny noises and sounds, play, and have fun! Your little angel would love it! You might see the first smile though!
Doing these activities every day helps your baby get familiar with sounds, words, language, and, eventually, the value and joy of books. This all builds your baby’s early literacy skills and helps them go on to read successfully later in life.
Even though the baby may not be responding with words, they’re learning a really important social skill and they’re hearing the language. They love listening to Mom’s voice too!
Babies and young children often enjoy books, songs, and stories with good rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. Anytime is a good time for a book or story! Try to share at least one book or story each day.
Giving Your Baby Different Things To Look At And Feel While Talking To Them
Touching and looking at different things, give babies different sensory, physical, and cognitive experiences.
Your baby is likely to be fascinated by you.
Your face, facial expressions, voice, and touch spark his imagination and help him learn. Babies love to hear you talk, especially to them, and especially in a warm, happy voice. Babies learn to speak by imitating the sounds they hear around them.
So the more you talk to your baby, the faster they will acquire speech and language skills. Between birth and 12 months, your baby becomes more interested in the world all the time. Play is the main way that babies develop, learn and explore the world.
They also learn to solve simple problems, and they start being able to understand their own and other people’s feelings.
At 5-6 months, touching and tasting are how your baby explores and expands his imagination, which is why they seem to put everything in his mouth.
Babies see best once their color vision first kicks in, at about 3 months. A newborn doesn’t see in color at all, thus her early fascination with black-and-white patterns and playthings. Their color vision is fully in place by 4 months.
Give your newborn different objects to feel like, soft toys, rattles, or cloth books with pages of different textures are lots of fun for your newborn. Feeling different things helps your newborn learn about the world.
Or give baby different things to look at. Take them outside to explore. Show them the house inside. Introduce them to different people like family members.
Walk with them through different rooms while talking to them. Little babies love all the attention they can get. They know and feel when they are loved, and the best arms to be in are moms!
Make faces, smile, laugh, roll your eyes or poke out your tongue. Your newborn loves watching your face. Nappy-changing is a great time for face-to-face play. Make your baby’s nappy-changing time fun-time for both you and your baby!
Keep Your Baby Healthy And Happy All The Time
Infants’ fragility may be intimidating. Here are a few basics to remember:
- Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby
- Support your baby’s head and neck.
- Make sure your baby is securely fastened into the carrier, stroller, or car seat.
- Never shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration.
- Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play.
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