5 Brain Boosting Activities To Do With Your Baby!
So you’ve mastered the swaddle. You’ve got breastfeeding down pat (not yet? Check out my breastfeeding must have checklist). You’re a diaper changing pro. Now what? How do you play with your baby when they don’t do much yet? Although you may not know it yet, play is a very important part of your child’s development, even at a very young age. It helps to form brain pathways and put together the puzzle, so to speak. The best way to engage with your baby at 0-3 months old is to engage his senses. Their world is limited to that which is right in front of them. They are still nearsighted as their vision hasn’t fully developed to see far away objects yet and EVERYTHING is new to them. That means that helping them discover new things is easy and fun!
Here are 5 Brain Boosting Activities To Do With Your Baby!
1.) Let’s start with baby’s sense of touch! Take a silky scarf from your closet and run it gently through baby’s hands and across his face. Let him feel the cool, silky fabric as it glides across his skin. Go slowly so you don’t overwhelm his senses. Continue while baby smiles and looks for the scarf. Babies move slowly so give him time to process what is happening. If he cries or looks away then it’s time to stop or find a new activity.
Having a comfy place for baby to sit while you play is important. You want your hands to be free so you can be in front of baby where he can see you. I love the Boppy Newborn Lounger for my playtime with Brady. It is specifically designed for baby’s awake time which makes it ideal for interactive play with your baby. It has a recessed interior where Brady’s bottom rests snugly and he can lay or kick and coo. He loves it.
2.) Engage baby’s sense of sight! Use simple black and white objects to engage with baby. They can see black and white colors best at this age. Use board books to show various images or simple toys to interact with baby.
3.) Engage baby’s sense of hearing! Make clicking noises with your mouth and change the pitch of your sounds. Watch as your baby’s ears perk up and he tries to listen. Sing songs to your baby. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a great voice. He prefers your voice to any other. Sing to him and be sure to smile while you sing. He’s studying your face.
4.) Help baby find his toes! I love watching Brady discover something new. He recently discovered his toes! I love seeing the look of awe in his eyes as he tries to figure out what those things are down there! Help baby discover his hands and feet by allowing him to grasp your finger and showing him his hands. Help engage his interest in discovering his hands and feet by adding in some foot rattles or wrist rattles. It will entice your baby to find the source of the noise coming from the rattles.
5.) Mimic Game! When your baby is little you need to start this game very slowly. Stick your tongue out and hold it there while your baby studies your face. Your baby will attempt to mimic what you are doing. They will then stick their tongue out! I love this game. It takes repetition before baby understands it but before long they will be copying you. Open your mouth and wait for baby to open his mouth. Close your mouth. Repeat 🙂 This one is fun!
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What games do you play with your baby?
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What great tips, my sister is expecting so I will share this post with her!!!
We did most of those with our boys when they were babies, but this is a great post for new moms to have this all in one place 🙂
These are all great ideas! I had no idea that babies see black and white the best at that age, I will have to keep this in mind for my pregnant friends when it comes time to buy baby shower gifts!
I miss these baby stages so much! I’m entering the terrible twos now with my son.
Such good tips and he is SO CUTE!
Awwwe….Your little guy is THE CUTEST! Great tips for boosting the brain! Don’t you just love when they discover their little piggy toes!
Terrific tips! We had a boppy for my youngest and it was awesome, totally indispensable.
Such a little cutie and that smile will just melt anyone’s heart right down to their toes! These are all fantastic suggestions. I don’t have any kids but I’ve heard you have to start engaging them early on to help their cognitive function 🙂
So adorable!!! Such a precious little one. These are all great ideas and suggestions.
What a little cutie. Those are great tips, early brain development is SO important!
What an adorable baby with a million dollar smile! Getting your babies involved with learning early on is definitely important to help their little brains grow and develop 🙂