Your little baby learns a lot from birth right away. Most of it goes unconsciously, but as time goes by, your baby also learns consciously. Babies love to learn and discover new things. At the moment your baby turns 1 year, he or she already has twice as much brain volume than just after birth, with countless connections between the brain cells. That is why it is good to trigger this brain by learning more and more new things and thus the stimulate baby development.
Stimulate newborn baby development
It may seem that your newborn baby just wants to sleep and eat, but that is not the case. Your baby also wants to learn from the moment of birth. You as a parent then have the task to provide as much space as possible and thus stimulate the development of the baby. In the beginning this is still very subtle of course, because your baby can not do very much. In the first 6 months you can stimulate the development of the newborn baby by:
- Lots of singing and talking to your baby. No matter how small your baby is, talking and especially singing helps a lot to stimulate language development. Especially singing is great for your baby and therefore gives a strong incentive to learn words. Babies prefer to listen to songs in which words and melodies repeat themselves a lot like 'Hat of paper' or 'In the moonshine'.
- Let your baby watch toys a lot by keeping them at a short distance and moving back and forth. You can also hang up a mobile. That way you learn to train your child's eye muscles
- Put your baby alternately with the head to the right and left to avoid a preferred posture
- In the first weeks, place your baby on the stomach for 3 to 5 minutes every day to train the neck muscles. Your baby also learns to look to the right and to the left. Make sure that your baby can keep the head upright. After the first weeks you can extend this time to 3 to 5 times a day for 20 to 30 minutes. Stay with us and do not let your baby fall asleep on the stomach.
Gross locomotion stimulate baby
Start by stimulating the motor system by placing your baby under the supervision, on the belly. When your baby is 3 or 4 months old, he or she goes to grab things. Your hair, earrings and necklace will not be safe! You can stimulate this gripping reflection of your baby by giving your baby toys that your baby can hold.
You can also stimulate the motor development of the baby through play. For example, go lay on your stomach on the floor and roll a ball back and forth. Your baby will follow the ball which is good for the development of the eye muscles. At the same time, the neck muscles are trained because your baby must keep the head upright.
The next step in the development of the baby is rolling over. Rolling around will teach your baby as soon as he is 5 months old. The rolling over is the first step to crawl and then walk. Try to stimulate rolling over as much as possible. You can do this by playing with the feet, putting toys a little further away or crossing one leg over the other.
When your baby is 6 months old, your baby is almost strong enough to be able to sit. Provided your baby can keep the head upright. Because it can go wrong the first few times, it is good to have your baby sit around a sea of pillows. If your baby falls over, it will fall softly.
Hand eye coordination
If the vision of your baby is more developed, your baby can show an increasing interest in toys. You can stimulate the hand-eye coordination of your child by, for example, playing together with blocks. Or roll a ball to your baby and try if your baby can roll it back. Let your baby also regularly follow an object and then take it.
Stimulate the baby's cognitive development
In the first weeks your baby likes to look at things. Hang a mobile in the box and walk with your baby on the arm or in a sling through the house. From 3 months you can give your baby toys that have fun colors or make sounds like a rattle or beeps.
Also toys made of various types of material is very interesting for your child. Maybe you could consider buying a baby gym. In this 'gym' you can hang various types of toys which is very good for the cognitive development of your baby.
Discover by mouth
From 6 months of age, your baby is increasingly investigating with the mouth. So everything you give to your baby will disappear into the mouth. So pay attention to what is around your baby so your little one can not suffocate. This period also teaches your baby more and more tastes because if you're good, you've already started with the exercise snacks.
Singing and games
Another good way to stimulate the baby's cognitive development is to sing, talk, make sounds together and play games. Singing songs with gestures are always a success. Makes your baby sound, do them! In addition, peekaboo is also a super good game to play with your baby. This way your baby learns that some things can be gone, but always come back.
Do you already regularly read the test books with your baby? These are booklets where your baby can feel different materials in the booklet. Identify the pictures while reading and let your child turn the pages.
Stimulate social development of the baby
In the first weeks after birth, skin-to-skin contact is very important for your baby. Therefore go regularly with your baby with bare upper body so that your baby can lie against you. Skin-to-skin contact with the baby is also very important to dad!
Always make contact with your baby as much as possible by talking and singing to your baby a lot. Are you going to change, put your baby in your bed or take a bath: always make eye contact and tell what you are doing at that moment. Also make contact during feeding and respond to your baby if he or she makes sounds. For example, by following the sounds, or by encouraging your baby to make more sounds.
Say, for example, "Oh, that's right. And what else do you want to tell Mama? "
Contact with others
Let your baby also hold a lot of people from the start so that he sees and learns more faces. Especially family is very important here. Up to about 5 months old your child is everyone's friend, but afterwards your baby can become more and more oblivious and suffer from separation anxiety.
Always let your baby get used to when you come into groups. If you notice that your baby is comfortable, you can let others hold him or her. Take your baby away once a week at grandpa and grandma, so your child learns to sleep somewhere else. Here you can start a few months after the birth.