By: Lauren charbonneau
Keep it Simple and Natural
When giving your child a bath or changing them or feeding them, build a bond with them. By singing, talking, and cuddling. Give child an environment rich with positive interaction and talking. Talk in baby high pitched voice cause they baby likes noises like that and you get your baby's attention. Make sure it knows what your doing like tell him or her that you are changing its diaper. Or that they are going o take a nap do things that the baby likes like a a warm just out of the dryer blanket so its nice and warm for the baby. Make sure that when you are teaching them a new route that you do some of the things that they did before but different.
Match experiences to the child's mental abilities
Babies need physical experiences its how they learn. Provide experiences that is at their level of understanding. Example; a safe, interactive toy can help infants learn. However, flashcards are too advances for a three-month-old. Use colors to show your child how where it goes say you want him to get a diaper say its on the red bin. But make sure it knows where that is and what a diaper is. Or the yellow ducky for a bath. Just anything that it uses everyday because it would know what it is and where you keep it. Make the find gradually more difficult each time.
Practice makes perfect
The more repetition, the stronger the connections between neutrons become. Establish routines with the baby so the baby learns what to expect. Include reading at bedtime, even when the baby cant read. An infant will learn that siting down with you and a book is important. Feeling things take the baby and show him or her the cold window with their hand and say cold. Or a soft blanket and say soft put the baby hands on it again and see if the baby knows. Also show the baby a rough thing to see if they know the difference between the 2.
Provide experiences in which the child takes part. Children of all ages learn best by doing. Give the baby a blank look and see if they say anything or laugh at you. Before you leave a room tell them before you do it them wait and leave or turn the light out or whatever you told the baby you were going to do. Point to a picture of an uncle and say mommy or daddy and see if the baby knows the difference between mommy and someone else.
Provide variety, but avoid overload
Some parents try to expose their baby to as many different experiences as possible to enhance brain development. Babies do benefit from a variety of experiences, but too many can overwhelm them. Use colors and things that make noise to help them learn more. They like loud noises. They are kinda like puppies but you have to be gentle
Avoid pushing the child
Children learn better if they are interested in what they are doing. Look for clues as to whether the child shows interest in the activity. If not, do not pursue it. If they have eyes to hands on the object they are interested. If they push it away then they don't have a interest in it. Make learning fun for them. Try something for a little bit then say if you do this you can do this and it be something they like so they know that its a reward for them.