Babies generally develop at different rates, so it’s not an issue if your little one is a little slower than his or her peers. However, this factor can be altered, and to some extent, depends upon play time.
As a parent, you are your baby’s first playmate. Play is how children learn about themselves and other people around them. It helps them build confidence, relationships, communicating and other basic skills.
In fact, play is as important as feeding, bathing and dressing your child. So make sure to find time in your busy schedule to play with your infant.
For the very first year of your baby’s life, play will not involve much of toys. Reading, speaking and singing would be some fun and easy ways to play with your baby.
Encourage babbling so your babies learn to make different sounds using their own voice. Keep on repeating these sounds and slowly turn them into real words. Moreover, read to your baby every day as reading ensures some rich learning and communication experience.
Outdoor play plays a big part of learning and development for your child. Playing outside the house will give the children a chance to explore another environment and create imaginary scenarios. It is also a good idea to include messy play which is enjoyed by most kids and gives them the freedom to express themselves.
Play starts from birth. As your child grows and develops, play changes from you playing with your baby to your baby gradually learning how to play with objects and eventually other children. It is a good idea to closely follow your baby’s instincts with play.
If your baby is enjoying with a single toy, you can label what they are looking at and show them what they can do with these objects. Research suggests that talking and interacting with babies from the very beginning is very important for their language development.
Toys and accessories with patterns and contrasting colors, curves, shape and symmetry stimulates an infant’s developing vision. As vision improves, babies are able to control over their movements and will interact to a greater extent with their environment.
To summarize, you can support your children’s learning curve by introducing toys slowly and by spending a lot of quality time with them. Make sure to look for toys that match your child’s developmental stage and interests, as this will help in developing their learning and attention skills.
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