Just from the first days babies start developing critical skills affecting their cognitive development including thinking, learning and remembering alongside important physical sensory and motor skills like feeling, smelling and lastly social skills which includes talking and body language they will have to use for the rest of their lives. That is why they start doing this all right away. To give your little one a brain development boost you can try certain activities. Here are some you can try and if you do, trust us, it will help you to make better bond between you and your child.
How to develop them?
While doing casual things with your baby, like caring him, you may easily boost his brain development just by exposing your little one to sights, sounds and feelings. You have to know, they are all totally new to him! Babies are born with a wide range of temperaments that is why some of them might enjoy loud noises when others can prefer moving objects, like cars and bicycles, so it is the best to experiment with a wide range of activities with him, so you could discover what he responds best to. If baby will feel happy and secure, they release a hormone, oxytocin, which acts like a fertiliser for their growing baby brains. Doing these activities while smiling, talking and listening to your baby will surely trigger this hormone and it will promote your baby‘s brain growth. Pretty easy, right? Here are few ideas for those activities.
Talking and chatting
Babies are obsessed (of course in a good way) with listening to you and talking to your little ball of happiness is an essential step in moving towards conversing with your newborn. Speak slowly, use short words and simple sentences and repeat those words and phrases to build an association between words and objects, people or events. You might use different - high or low tones, to keep your baby entertained and curious.
Being able to see the effect of playing with your hands, pushing a toy or pulling a string will put a huge smile on both you and your little one’s face. Playing with objects that react to your baby’s touch builds the important connection between different actions and outcomes. Yes, you are right, it is that simple.
Gazing into those gorgeous baby eyes is unforgettable experience! Babies do love looking directly into your eyes and can learn all about mum or dad’s facial characteristics and movements. They can focus on your face and try follow where your eyes are looking and actually it is great for developing baby’s physical and emotional skills. Play simple games like peek-a-boo to keep things fun.
Baths, bubbles, water guns and basins of water are all simple and at the same time fantastic things baby needs to have an amazing and memorable time! Get ready for a soaking as you splash, dip, lick or crawl with your baby and experience your child’s first reaction to playing with liquids. Experiment with both: cold and warm water, to give baby experience with all kinds of wet and slippery liquids and objects. Of course, you must always supervise your baby when he is playing with water. But you know what? You may even go swimming with your little ball of joy!
Rattles are great for playing with your child. Try teaching your baby how to create a noise with that rattle! Shaking a rattle in front of your baby will quickly teach your little one how to connect the movement with the noise. Teaching your baby early on how these things work will give him ideas to experiment more and learn in the future. Just get into shaking and you will see, you will like it too!
Spend time with your child as much as possible, play with him and trust me, he will be the first in his class one day! Even though, I cannot promise you anything, but you can be sure that any time spent with your baby will not be wasted.