During the first six months of baby’s life are amazing time, as he transforms from a floppy-headed newborn into a tiny person. While your baby will develop at his own pace, there are ways you can encourage that growth.
Encourage your infant’s development stimulate your infant’s brain with these fun and easy activities.
Sing and talk to your child with exaggerated tones of voice. Watch your baby’s facial expressions and see how he reacts to different pitches.
While your baby is lying on her back, hold the toy in front of her face and, if needed, wiggle it slowly or gently touch her with it to get her attention. Then move the toy from side to side, and encourage her to follow along with her eyes. This is to enhance visual development.
Put on your favorite songs and, while holding your baby securely to your chest, gently move around together in time to the music.
When your baby is resisting a nap, sing him a lullaby in a soothing voice. Don’t remember any of the classics? No problem—you can find song lyrics online or just make up your own.
Show your baby her reflection in the mirror, then ask, “Who is that?” Repeat with your own reflection and a sibling’s or a stuffed animal’s.
6. Baby sit-ups
If your baby has good head control, lay him on his back, place your hands under his arms, and gently guide him into a sitting position. As he gains muscle tone and strength, do these sit-ups by holding his hands and slowly bringing him to sit.
When your baby is in a quiet and alert state, undress her down to her diaper and lay her face up on a soft towel or blanket in a warm, quiet room. Working in sections as her tolerance allows, gently but firmly stroke her legs, arms, and belly. This encourages boding with your little one, too.
8. Follow the leader
Do a series of actions and see how many actions your child can imitate in a row by tapping the table, opening and closing your hands, clapping, and waving. Tip: Start with something your baby is already doing, like banging a fist on the table.
Lay your baby belly-down across your lap, and place your hands around his midsection so he’s fully supported. Then gently lift him up and move him up, down, back, and forth, like a rocket jetting into space. For extra giggles, add sound effects.
Tuck one or two sheets of new or used tissue paper under the cushion of a sofa or upholstered chair so that it hangs down to the floor like a curtain. Remove baby’s socks, and place her on her back, with her feet against the tissue and her knees slightly bent.
11. Grabbing basket
Fill the basket or pan with the paper tube rings, and place it in front of your baby while she’s in tummy time, propped on a pillow, or sitting on your lap with hands free to play. Encourage her to push and bump her hands up against the rings or use use the wall of the container to help her grasp them.