Once the fear of having a new infant has finally ebbed, your family may be wondering, what do we do now? Babies, while adorable, aren't always fountains of fun and excitement. Rather than indulging in hours of baby talk, there are some activities that will not only strengthen your bond with your child but also help them improve cognitive skills. Play these games with your baby today.
1. Have a Dance Party
Having a baby dance party is a great way to enhance your baby’s development. Hold your child and dance while music plays in the background. Sway to gentle beats and get more animated with rock and pop music.
2. Offer a Baby Massage
Babies are still getting used to the world around them and where they factor into it. Babies often have trouble telling where they stop and the rest of the world begins. Massaging your child is not only a great way to bond with your child, it also promotes relaxation and sleep and can help with digestion.
3. Sing that Tune!
Your baby loves your voice. Sing to your baby and don’t worry if you’re singing on key. Your baby will take great pleasure in hearing your voice. Sometimes simply singing to your child can change its mood from bad to good in a moment. Your voice brings your baby comfort.
4. Play with Scarves
Spending time developing motor skills is a must for tiny infants. Take a soft a scarf and hold it above your child's head. Slowly lower it until your child is able to grasp it in his hands. You can use different textured fabrics when playing his game to enhance the experience. With older babies, cover your face with the scarf and play peek-a-boo. Encourage him to play too.
5. Repeat the Sound
Babies may not have the vocal ability or linguistic understanding to start a conversation but they are interested in miming the sounds they hear. Make clear, articulate sounds like "oh" or "ah" and watch your baby repeat it back. Make popping sounds or give loud kisses and see if he can replicate it.
It's never too early to start playing games with your child and many of these games can actually help foster development. Focus on their four senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell to help your baby learn about the world around him.
Guest blog by Michelle LaRowe of @eNannySource
With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.
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