The first year of a child is the most precious time of his life and parents must be so aware of this. During 12 first months, babies grow and learn faster than at any of their life. To achieve certain milestones of physical and emotional development, your child really need a great deal of support from you- new mommy and daddy.
There are many way but playing sensory activities with infants would be the best choice to choose. Your kid’s natural curiosity drives him to the need of discovering making connections to everything around. You play a crucial role in your baby’s learning by encouraging him to use his senses in exploring the world.
Before introducing some sensory activities, it would be necessary to point out some fundamentals which must be consider while picking the most effective among numerous options. I will go for 4 points: joy, love, communication and suitability.
Sensory activities are free play and it’s just fun! Joy brings excitement to your baby. It stimulates nerve cells, imagination and ability to think logically in a child's brain. Equally, feeling loved and secure enhances your baby’s emotional development. In addition, try to communicate with your child as much as you can while playing. It is not only by baby talking with him but also eye contact and gentle touches of his little hands to your face. Last but not least, because the changes are fast amazingly, you should pay attention to their development and pick the suitable activity. This means, in each stage of baby’s growth, this sense grows stronger than the others.
During the first 3 months, the majority of newborn babies sleep 18 to 20 hours per day as they did in mom’s belly. Besides, their eye sight is also limited. So that, the best time to play sensory game with them is since 4th month.
Turning to month fourth, your little angel is able to control the head and even lift it up 90 degrees when on the tummy. The baby now can smile, laugh out loud and vocalize “ooh”, “aah” to get attention. By this time, he take a greater interest in surroundings and like to reach out for objects and experiment what they are like and how they work. Sometimes, he follows moving objects with his eyes. He is able to recognize familiar faces.
By knowing his development stage, we can encourage them with suitable activities.
- Funny bath
- Toy seeking
- Sweet album
- Baby talk
Your sweetie would enjoy this very much, may be so do you.
Fill a bathtub with 3 to 4 inches of warm water. Put your baby slowly in to it and remember to hold him gently in upright position. Then, your baby will watch water and play kicking his legs and arms. You can create more excitement for him by stirring water with him or let little duck toys joint with you.
By doing this activity together, your baby gets to know about water, interact with you, little duckling and learn how to motor smoothly his limbs.
You will see how your baby seeks his toy with enthusiasm.
Put your darling‘s favorite toy in a colorful small box and ask him where the toy is while pointing to the box. Add more layers next time and ask him if the toy is in there when he opens one layer after another.
This delightful game is for him to recognize and things, colors. Also, his emotions are nurture by watching how surprise and happy you are when playing with him.
Please watch out your baby not to let him harm himself with choking hazards. Boxes are recommended being made from paper or cloth. A baby bouncer or baby swing for baby with toys is great candidate for your kids to play with.
Share family album and story with your little under sunshine by the window sounds great. You can even make the album colorful or attached with adorable things to catch more baby‘s attention.
Show him faces of family members, friends, trees, table, or whatever while telling him simple story of them. Sometimes, stop to ask him about daddy, granny.
At month 7th, your baby is very observant and keen on imitating.
First, you might talk baby talk and then slowly make it sound more like the language you speak. The first language skill to learn is listening skill, so that try to talk with your sweeties while working around him though he don’t understand yet.
The purpose of this game is also to teach him how to use sound and gesture to refer to his needs.
Your darling has experienced and learnt a lot after 7 months. Now, he has other milestones to achieve. During the next months he will learn and able to stand and walk. He can point his index finger to show what he wants other than crying. He can say some simple words and understand several words and simple commands. While he knows his “power” to parents, he begins understanding the meaning of “no”.
- Rolling ball
- Toy friends
- Family music
When your baby starts learning stand and then walk, you can support him effectively with this activity.
Both parents involve is the best. One holds your baby from behind while one holds the ball and encourage baby to get the ball. Saying “kick” when baby‘s feet get near to the ball. Gradually, when you feel it is fine, you should let your baby stand by himself for a while.
The baby has emotions getting stronger and keen on bonding with toy friends now.
Let’s make him a small enough house or tent with soft and safe toys in there. In this warm place, you spend time to play with him by create cute stories in which his toys play role as human.
Try to get your baby participating in dressing clothes.
Instead of dressing baby by yourself, why don’t you try to ask sweeties to follow your direction and help himself do simple things like putting hat, raise hand or leg up to put on clothes?
Kid's listening skill is now not just hearing, it turns to remembering rhythm or even composing.
Let your kid explore various kinds of sound by playing music to him or simply give him spoons bows and cups so that he will make sound that he likes.
Some kids are talented and who knows your baby is the second Mozart? Now he is 1 year old and can sit firmly, its great idea to let him sit by your side and play music instrument with you.
Raising kids is a hardship but watching him growing safe and sound with his skill matured day by day is incredibly amazing. With your instruction and encouragement, your baby will continue sharpen his skills to be outstanding day by day of the years to come.