Here are 14 ways to encourage early learning development for your baby
1. Talk out everything you do or see with your baby. As you take the baby for a walk, point to flowers, birds and cars and say the word as you show the baby what you are saying. The baby learns what these things are, as well as becoming more alert and aware of his environment.
2. Bring the baby everywhere. I know, getting bundled up and dressed can be a pain, but your baby soaks up these experiences and will look forward to it. He gets to meet people, see the world and watch others instead of just staring at his own living room every day.
3. Do things with the baby that you would normally do. Let him watch you brush your teeth, hair and get dressed. Although it may take longer for you to do these simple tasks, the baby will learn and watch everything you do. It makes teaching him easier and faster.
4. Avoid using TV (even kid’s shows) as a babysitter. Some parents stick their kids in front of the TV because they are too tired or lazy to interact with them.
5. Listen to music and sing and dance with baby. Our baby loves electronic and house music. Strange, yes. But the upbeat tempo and energetic style puts him in a great mood, as well as stimulating his mind.
6. Give your baby choices. Teach him colors by saying what color things are as you give it to him. “Yellow banana. Blue Ball. Which one do you want?” As the baby grabs the item, repeat the one he chooses back to him.
7. While pregnant, take prenatal vitamins. Intelligence begins in the womb, so take all-natural prenatal vitamins instead of prescribed or over-the-counter remedies from pharmacies.
8. Let other people hold your baby. As long as the person is safe, doing this will help your baby learn about individuality. There is nothing more precious than a baby’s assessment of another human.
9. Stay happy, no matter what. Even when you have a bad day. As a parent, babies pick up on your energy. If you’re in a bad mood, distressed, upset or angry, the baby will also become distressed. Always smile and make your baby feel good. Happier babies are smarter babies.
10. Let baby look in the mirror. Allow him to study his reflection and praise him while he does. “What a handsome boy… smart boy… cute boy…etc.” Tell your baby he is great and that he can be anything he wants in life!
11. Let him touch things. Of course, there are some things you don’t want your baby to play with. But all too often, we are trained as parents to freak out over a baby touching or holding something (like dirt).
12. Stimulating toys. Of course every baby loves toys. Choose toys that stimulate their minds. You can also play with your baby by making tunnels to crawl through out of blankets, playing peek-a-boo; getting a walker and other homemade ideas that will mentally stimulate your baby.
13. Make funny faces and act silly, using variable voice inflections, tones and noises. Mix it up. Talk to him sometimes as if he were an adult, but then other times in baby talk. Make funny faces and touch your baby.
14. Keep your baby on breast milk or formula as long as possible. Doctors say you can begin weaning your baby as he nears the year mark, but milk has a ton of hormones and antibiotics that are injected by the dairy farmers.
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