Activities help your baby to grow physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. Here is a list of the various activities that you can enjoy with your baby:
- You can hold your baby close, move him to and fro, and talk to him. Singing rhymes or telling stories enhances the ability to listen.
- Make your baby sit or lie down, take your face close to the baby and stick your tongue out or make some facial expression. See how he reacts and whether he tries to imitate you. This helps the baby develop sensory skills, visual tracking and body movements.
- Make your baby lie on his back over a soft blanket, hold his hands and gently pull him up to a sitting position. Then put him back to the sleeping position slowly. These movements should be done very gently and will help in strengthening the neck muscle of the infant.
- You can make your baby sit against a pillow and hold two paper cups or paper coasters and move it to and fro in front of his eyes. At first, your baby may not react but after a point of time, he will try to kick the object. This activity teaches him hand-eye coordination, body awareness and listening skills.
- There are toys which can be hung from the top of the cradle. The baby tries to locate the toy by the sound of it and then follows the movement of the toy.
- Hold a toy at a distance from the baby and let him stretch himself to grasp it. It is a very good activity in terms of sensory development. The ability of your child to grasp your finger is a way of learning tactile stimulation.
- You can put a variety of toys on the blanket where your baby is seated and watch, as your baby tries to pick them one by one. This helps them develop tactile senses, gross motor skills and help in visual development.