Play is the not only fun...it is the way your baby will learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand his or her world!
Here are some fun ways to play with your baby:
- Put a toy away from his or her reach and say, "Come get the toy!", which helps baby practice using arms and legs
- Put colorful mobiles over the crib that baby can reach, grasp or kick with his or her feet
- Read to your baby or just look at the pictures, while you point out what the pictures are showing
Your baby will probably love listening to music. Baby rattles and musical mobiles are other good ways to stimulate your infant's hearing.
|Brain Science for Your Baby
Jean Piaget was a famous psychologist who changed our "thinking about thinking" in children. He described stages of development. Children from birth to two years are in the "sensorimotor" stage of development. He thought of young children as "little professors" who learn through their own senses and actions on objects. New science tells us that these "baby experiments" help children understand how the world works by helping to build strong brain connections between neurons. To see how play works to build brains, click on the link below to watch a short video.
Why play is important for your baby's brain