According to current research this is how your newborn precedes the world
A blur of out-of-focus images dulled colors and muted sounds and sensation.
So how do you connect to someone who is so disconnected from the physical world and how do you provide the proper stimulation to help their brains grow and adapt.
In today’s post, I’m going to show you some fun and easy ways to both stimulate and connect with your 0-3 months old baby not only these activities encourage brain growth in your little one, but they will also provide opportunities for bonding and learning about the world together
So let’s hop into it t and learn some ways to play with your newborn baby
One of the easiest and possibly most important ways to connect with your baby is to offer them some FaceTime
No, not that kind this basically means to get close to them and allow them to study your face
The latest studies show that babies begin to recognize and distinguish between faces long before they can distinguish different shapes or patterns and their environment
They can focus on parts of faces near to them, and so by allowing your baby time to study your face, not only do they familiarize themselves but you begin to stimulate parts of their brain that are associated with our visual experience and their perceptual abilities.
This also helps them to later be able to distinguish relevant social information like emotions.
babies as young as a few days old can begin to mimic some of your facial expressions as well
So one fun way is to get close to your baby and you stick your tongue out repeatedly and slowly and they should begin to stick their tongue out back at as well as they start to get a little older you can also mimic their sounds and facial expressions back to them and you might even get a laugh
Another important aspect of infant development is gaining spatial awareness you can encourage this by simply allowing your child to stretch out on a blanket
Give them uninterrupted time to recognize and study their hands, and the ways their arms and legs move this helps them to develop the neural pathways necessary for controlled movement recognizing spatial concepts like distance and may even play a role in their mathematical abilities later on in life.
So give your baby time to stretch
Another fun way to play with your baby is to narrate your day to them, show them different rooms of your home, talk to them about what you’re doing or what they are seeing, and let them listen in on your phone calls.
All of these activities have been shown to increase a child’s IQ and their vocabulary range as they get older.
You can also encourage development in your baby’s Language Center by initiating in conversations where you give your child time to respond to your questions.
Another way to encourage communication and is to begin signing with your baby
The newborn phase is an excellent time to introduce sign language for frequent activities like changing the diaper or nursing , my baby no longer cry during diaper changing because I always show him this sign first and he now knows what to expect
Signs are amazing tools that eventually allow your child to communicate with you long before they can speak so start practicing now.
Around five weeks of age baby will go through their first developmental leap and they will start to notice and shadows so give them time to study these as you encounter them around your home.
Going back to the example of the newborn vision it’s easy to see why so many newborn toys have black and white high contrast images on them.
Even with the most obscured vision you can still pick out the high contrast image
Here are few products that can be usefull for you baby, just click on the image to get the product
If you don’t have any black and white newborn toys laying around or you can print them out using online images or just using a car or a piece of paper and just coloring.
Studying these types of images can encourage is your baby’s brain development in several areas and they can also be used to encourage visual tracking as they’re highly interesting to your newborn.
Another high contrast Game that your baby will love
Shine a flashlight on the wall in a darkened room and make shadow puppets and watch as our ties light up.
Also arround five or six weeks your baby will begin to exhibit their first social smiles so be sure to pull out all the stops to get your baby to laugh or smile at your antics.
Arround seven weeks your baby will start to recognize patterns so be sure to give them the time to study the various patterns that you encounter throughout your day
Another skill that emerges around seven or eight weeks is the ability to grasp and hold on to a toy you can encourage this behavior by offering your baby a small rattle or some of these teething rings
You can get these for a sheep price on Amazon
These are the ones I’m using for my baby, and I highly recommend because they offer unique textures, they’re easy and lightweight for a baby to hold on to
Also after this mental leap year baby will begin to clearly recognize different facial expression so going back to giving them lots of FaceTime make sure that you make some exaggerated expressions and give them time to study your face.
Lastly, it’s important to note that babies learn so much about their environment through their sense of touch you can encourage this learning and growth by offering your baby a lot of unique sensory experiences throughout their day.
One sensory game that my little guy love is Raising and lowering his blanket over him some times I drop it on his belly so he can feel the different weights of the blanket, he thinks this game is so much fun.
Another way to offer your babies some sensory experiences is just to grab a few different unique items from your home and let your baby grasp them or show them to them.
the other day I picked up lime, I scratched the surface of it so he can smell the citrus scent, and he really locked in on this and kind of followed it everywhere I moved it.
Also a great tool for sensory engagement are sensory books that they make for babies
they have different Fabrics or textures on the pages is great because not only does it give you an opportunity to read to your child it also gives them a lot of different textures that they can experience and it’s all put together for you.
Here are a few items I used for my little guy you can buy for your baby , just click on the image to get the product from Amazon.
So those first three months are filled with change, your baby’s brain will be growing at such a rapid rate they’re becoming more alert by the day and seem like they’re literally growing in front of your eyes
And while the days are blur for them, full of naps, feeding, and diaper changing I hope you’ll find some time to play with your baby.