Have you ever watched your child observe a school bus drive by? Have you seen your child try to put legos together or stack blocks only to have them fall down? This is your child’s brain developing cognitively. Babies are observers and as they get older they become explores, question askers, and doers. By providing this experiences for your baby from day one you can help them develop to their fullest potential.
Make the world accessible.
Show your newborn her house, each room, look out the windows, walk the neighborhood, go to the grocery store. Allow your baby to feel the breeze, lay in the sun, listen to music, touch (gasp) the dirt, the grass, anything that is a part of their world.
Narrate each day.
Label, describe, point, repeat, sing and read.
By talking to you child your are encouraging their language to develop. If you have never heard a word you don’t know it exists, and if you aren’t taught what it means, you’ll never use it.
If you want your child to roll over, sit up, crawl, walk, talk, ride a bike, play baseball, make their bed, be kind, help others, and grow, show them how to do it. All of it. It’s been said before, you don’t need the most popular toy, a new app, the latest iPhone, your child just needs you. You are the one they want, who’s attention they crave, so show them how it’s done. Provide your child with the means to grow with what you have available. Sit with your 5 month old and help him balance, reach for a toy and place it just within reach during tummy time, encourage sharing by sharing at home, say hello and thank you to the cashier at the grocery store, take her to the park to watch a softball game, have books on the couch, in the bathroom, in the bedroom, and everywhere in between. Allow your child to observe, try and try again.
Now, go play!