More than anything, your baby needs your love, time and attention. Make play a part of your everyday routine. Bath time, mealtime, and free time are all great times to connect with your baby and to help your baby to learn.
You don’t need to spend money on expensive toys. Babies love to play with simple household things that don’t cost anything!
Babies need time to explore. They need to figure things out for themselves. Allow for plenty of playtime to help your baby learn.
Between birth and age three, your baby’s brain creates more connections than it needs. Over time, the connections that are used often will become permanent. Connections that are not used as often will disappear.
Using the five senses is important in a child's brain development. Parents need to provide a variety of social and learning opportunities. These will help the brain connections to become permanent.
Activities can include reading to your child, finger-painting, dancing, breastfeeding, singing, music, smelling, tasting new foods and touching interesting things.
Language is one of the most important skills for your baby. The skills need to be put in place very early. Start even before birth. Talk to your baby often.
Help your baby learn new words by repeating words. Point out things while naming them. Read to your baby right from birth. This will help your baby learn to read and write later on.
It is also important to start to develop math skills early. Games such as stacking things, counting things, and sorting colours and shapes are a good way to start. These games will help your child learn how to solve problems and to understand numbers and counting. This will help your child learn more complex math skills later on.
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