We all want the best for our children. We work so they can have better lives than ourselves. We want them to be smart, successful people who can make a comfortable place in the world for themselves. That means we have to give them the best tools we can, including a strong brain and confident disposition. Here are some ways you can boost your baby’s development.
- Give a healthy start – Stay healthy while you’re pregnant and nursing. Feed baby healthy foods and teach healthy eating habits. A healthy diet supports a healthy mind.
- Have lots of conversations – Language is learned through experience, so give your baby as much exposure as possible. Converse regularly, even though your baby’s can’t respond.
- Practice “joint attention” – Show your baby you value her curiosity by acknowledging the things that interest her. For example, if she is gazing at a mirror, take her to it to let her explore further. Something about her brain connected with that object, so give her a chance to learn.
- Make books important – Spend time with your child and books early so he learns to associate them with fun and enjoyment.
- Offer open-ended toys – Stock your playroom with toys that can be played with in multiple ways. Examples include blocks, art supplies, costumes, and play sets.
- Give some freedom – Spatial understand is important, so when your baby starts moving around, give him a safe environment to move freely without your constant involvement.
- Sing “physical” songs – Songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Ring Around the Rosy” that have physical components teach sounds and gross/fine motor skills. They also enhance language understanding.
- Respond promptly – You can improve your child’s emotional intelligence and security by responding to her cries immediately. This will make her feel like her needs are met so her brain can focus less on survival and more on progressing.
- Give lots of massages – Touch decreases baby stress and makes her feel emotionally secure. Research even shows that touch promotes growth in the brain. Make sure you are touching your baby skin-to-skin often.
- Clean up time – Use clean up after play time to teach categorization and seriation (placing things in order). These sorting abilities apply to a lotof things in life.
- Eat positively – Keep meal times as positive as possible. Say the names of the foods so your baby associates positive feelings with those items. Your enthusiasm will rub off and help establish positive eating habits.
- Show rapt attention – When interacting with your baby, make sure to put all eyes on him. This will validate his feelings and make him feel connected to you. Put your phone down!
- Arrange sensory play – Sensory play means letting your baby play and learn through all the sense, not just sight. Let them touch and interact with objects, smell new things, hear interesting sounds and even taste things!
Guest Blog by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxefloor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
For more information, visit mypello.com.
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