By 10 to 14 months babies usually speak their first word, but they can learn to use sign language from a much younger age.
A baby will develop their cognitive skills through a range of play activities. You can help encourage this learning through some of these play tips and ideas.
When you've got a newborn there's not much you can do together - all he does is sleep, eat and dirty his nappy, right? Not quite. Here are some simple ideas for playing with your baby in his first three months.
A baby of this age is also beginning to differentiate colours, shapes and sizes, as well as developing association with various smells. Most importantly any activities that combine auditory, tactile and visual experiences such as holding, looking and listening to a book being read, or listening, moving and singing sounds in music, are ideal as they cultivate several of your baby's senses, all at one time.
Your baby is integrating everything she has learned so far by seven to nine months of age. Motor and visual skills are more in tune with one another, as seen in your baby's capacity to manipulate things using her hands and better hand to eye coordination.
As baby nears her first birthday, she is able to understand more complex speech and the associations between words and actions such as "kiss" and "clap". By responding to your baby's attempts to communicate, as well as allowing her to move around as much as she pleases, it builds your baby's confidence to start walking.
As your baby transitions to a toddler, he will be enjoying toys which stimulate his desire to move and communicate. Here are a few suggestions.
Babies learn about the world and develop vital skills through interaction and play. You want to choose toys that are going to stimulate them mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Bath time doesn’t have to be structured play – as long as it’s safe, you should encourage any bath activities that make bath time fun for your child.
Did you know your baby already communicates with you using basic hand gestures? Baby signing is a natural extension of baby’s natural communication skills. Find our how you can assist your baby's speech with baby signing.
Many parents understandably assume that a new born baby is simply a blank slate that requires us to do everything for them and that they really are incapable of anything other than crying, drinking and sleeping or not, as the case may be!
Early stimulation equals better brain function and easier acquisition of language skills. Brain studies now more than ever highlight the importance of exposure, practice and stimulation of experiences when children are young.
By reading to our children, we are fostering curiosity, imagination and creativity and increasing the chance of academic success and positive life experiences.