Helping your baby’s brain develop can
be fun for both of you. There are things you
can do to help her learn. Here are some ways
to have fun and to help your baby’s brain
- Talking to your baby helps her learn to speak. You can tell her the
names of her body parts. You should repeat things. She will learn new
words even before she can speak. A good time for this is bath time. You
can talk about washing her leg, her foot and her toes.
- Point to objects that are near and describe them for her. You can
point to her rubber ducky and say, “See the yellow ducky.” You can
point to her blanket and say, “Grandma loves you. She made this
special blanket just for you.”
- Talk about your activities as you do them. As you prepare to go
outside, you can say, “Let’s go get in the car. We’ll go to the store for
more diapers.” If you’re wiping her face, you can say, “Let’s wipe your
face clean. No more stickiness! Doesn’t that feel better?”
- Play finger games or hand games with her. When your baby does
something you like, move your fingers or hands. You can wiggle your
fingers whenever she smiles. Or you can rub her tummy whenever she
grabs her feet. Soon she will learn that when she does something it
makes you do something too.
- Hide objects under a blanket. Act surprised and delighted when your
baby finds them.
- Put pillows or soft blocks down on the floor. Your baby can crawl to
them. She can crawl all over them.
- Give her toys and games that help her learn. Give her balls, blocks,
nesting toys, busy boxes and rattles. She also likes toys that she can
pull apart and put back together. Talk to her about the names of the
toy and what the toy is doing.
See how much fun it is to help your baby’s brain develop. This is a good
time to enjoy each other. And remember, each child develops in her own
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