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Guiding Principles To Help Your Baby Every Day

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 02-11-2007

Here are some important things you
can do that will help your baby every day:

  • Be your baby’s teacher. Babies learn
    when they have many good experiences
    with someone who loves them. Give

    your baby a rattle. Say, “Shake, shake,”
    as you move it and make sounds together.
    Name things for your baby. For

    example, say, “Look at the tree. Let’s sit
    under the tree.” This helps your baby
    develop language.

  • Encourage your baby to explore. Your baby is at an age when she likes to
    be held up to look at things. Looking at things is important for her.
    Look at something together, and move it around. Your baby now is
    holding on to things and putting them into her mouth. This helps her
    explore. It also helps her develop movement skills. Find things she can

    play with like unbreakable spoons or plastic cups, and get down on the
    floor and play with her.

  • Get excited about your child. Show your excitement when she does
    something. Make sure you act immediately. Your baby will connect your
    pleasure with what she has just done. For example, when your baby sits
    up as you hold her, say, “Look at you! You are sitting up!”
  • Repeat things with your baby. Babies learn by doing the same thing over
    and over. Your baby may learn faster when she has lots of time playing
    and talking with you.
  • Communicate. Talk and sing to your baby. She has been learning about
    language since birth. Talking to her helps her to learn.
  • Do not treat your baby harshly.
  • Babies do not know right from wrong.
  • They should not be punished.
  • They should not be teased in a rough manner.
  • Never shake or hit your baby. Never allow anyone else to shake or hit
    your baby. This can cause injuries, brain damage or even death.

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