Help your newborn soak up vital knowledge.
It’s true that babies are like sponges: they absorb everything. Right from the start, their little minds are busy growing, trying to understand the world they’ve been born into. As a parent, there are simple things you can do to help your infant develop now that will have positive effects for a lifetime. And it’s as easy as engaging baby’s sense of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Explore some of the ways you can increase the capacity of your newborn to learn.
Chances are, you may already be connecting with your newborn in many of the ways described below. After all, they’re very natural interactions. But we hope you’ll find this list a helpful reminder about infant care needs from your baby’s perspective. As a parent, you have an opportunity to make a real difference in your child’s future.
I may be small but I love a good book. The ones I connect with are the kind I can reach out and touch. Help me turn the pages. And be sure to point out the pictures.
Things are really looking up when you put me on my belly and prop me up on my elbows. It builds brain cells, strengthens muscles and helps me to have a nice round head.
Let’s have some fun! Play games with me. Make me smile. If you get me to laugh, you’re going to laugh too. These silly, carefree times bring us even closer together.
Whether it’s singing, lullabies or violins, I love the sound of music. It does a whole lot more than soothe me and put me to sleep. It helps me build brain connections.
Bundle Me for Relaxation
Swaddle me in my blanket, keeping my elbows snug inside with my hands together in my middle and free to move a little. It’s an organizing position for my central nervous system.
Joining Hands is Soothing
When I’m out of sorts, put my hands together. It calms me and organizes my brain to help me deal with stressful situations – like bath time and diaper changes.
Let Me Touch
I need my hands free to explore my world and gather information. I learn much faster by touching things. So please – leave my mittens off unless I’m outdoors.
Sucking Pacifies Me
It’s okay if I suck a pacifier or my thumb. Sometimes, I need a way to calm myself down. And it allows me to focus on other things that appeal to me.
I Need Face Time
Faces are fascinating to me. And I really like to make eye contact. I’m still learning words, but talk to me and I’ll respond. I know we’ll reach an understanding.
Crying is My Language
I need help when I cry. And I need a lot of help, so I cry every day. But if I know you’re trying to take care of my needs, I’ll grow up confident and happy.
I love Mommy, but I need to have a great relationship with Daddy too. Every day, I need to hold, kiss and touch my father. I want him to adore me too!
Give Me the Floor
Once I’m moving around, crawling on the floor helps me develop all kinds of muscles. And believe it or not, it will one day help me with my handwriting skills!
I Love a Massage
Not only do firm touches and fluid movements feel nice and reassuring, they help me grow. Studies show that massage enables me to add needed weight.
Developmental Newborn Milestones
As your baby grows and expands their knowledge and abilities, you’ll naturally want to monitor their progress and watch them as they develop. This is an exciting time when your little one will continue to reach new infant milestones on a regular basis. Here’s what you can look forward to.
Child Development 0 to 3 months
Child Development 3 to 6 months
Child Development 6 to 9 months
Child Development 9 to 12 months
Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with us and join a growing community of parents. We’ll share helpful information and advice about newborn care designed to inspire your baby and have a positive effect on their progress. And along the way, you’ll be able to compare similar experiences with others who are going through many of the same things you are.
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