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15 easy ways to stimulate your baby

Your baby’s brain is a sponge. To learn, you just need us to offer you the chance to experiment. Here are 15 practical ideas to help you discover the world.

We offer you some ideas to stimulate your baby. Music by Mozart, cards to learn to read, a psychomotor module… The baby does not need these things to grow up healthy and happy. Movement and stimulation are the only foods your brain needs, and your best learning tool … we are! At home, without special preparation, we can help our little one to lay a good foundation on which everything he learns later will rest. The first year of life is a golden time, never after will you acquire so much knowledge in such a short time or so important for your development. What responsibility, right?

BABYS

There is no need to be overwhelmed. Our little one is smarter than he seems. Like all babies in the world, he comes standard with a series of primitive reflexes that will push him to crawl when he plays, to sit up and stand upright when he’s ready …

We only have to accompany you in that process, and offer you a safe environment where you can develop your skills. Your brain is a sponge, and to learn, you just need us to offer you the possibility to experiment and to encourage you to discover the world for yourself. These are some practical things we can do to stimulate the baby.

Breastfeed

We already know that breast milk is the best for her little body but, in addition, it is also perfect for feeding her brain. Babies are born with a certain number of neurons that have to connect to each other. The fatty acids that are present in breast milk help this process.

In addition, when we breastfeed, by changing breasts we are promoting body symmetry. Hence, it is recommended to alternate the side of the intake also when taking a bottle.

From 3 to 6 months.

The breastfeeding test

Touch him a lot

Babies come from a watery and closed environment and they have to learn to know what the limits of their body are: where they end and where the world begins, basically.

When we massage them, the external receptors are awakened that make them realize where they are. In addition, the child who has problems starting breastfeeding will be helped by massages in the palm of the hand and around the mouth, the one with a lazy intestine, in the tummy …

From 3 to 6 months.

Babies need touch, security, and rhythm to sleep

Imitation games

When they are born, they seem to only eat and sleep … or not. Actually, they are eager to communicate with us, from minute one. Don’t they respond by sticking out their tongues when they see us doing it? The baby identifies the people who make up his circle of trust, sees that these people speak, observes how they open their mouths and make sounds, how the gestures of the face accompany the message … It is a first non-verbal communication, which is It will be completed when we respond to their screams and chirps and encourage them to imitate us.

From 3 to 6 months.

Pretend play for kids

Get down!

Around 9 months, they will begin to crawl (we insist, each child has their own rhythm), but from 6, we can spend time on the floor (they can be face down from the moment they hold their head), encourage them with toys so that they develop the muscles when trying to catch them or put our hands as a stop if we see that they start backwards. Face up, try to make them make lateral movements to both sides, for example, drawing their attention with objects, sounds or … with their most precious toy: mom or dad.

From 6 to 9 months.

Stimulation exercises: let’s crawl!

Move, please!

All dads instinctively learn that rocking, rhythmic movements help calm the baby. Consistency in certain movements generates routes, brain connections that help you predict what will happen next.

It is the same as when we attend to him when he asks us: “I’m crying and mother comes right away,” he will think.

From 0 to 3 months.

Where to put the baby if it still does not sit?

A house to suit you

During the first year, the house adapts to the baby and not the other way around. When they start to move alone they need a space that is safe for them, but also where they can enjoy a certain freedom and do not have to be told continuously: “That is not touched.” So the best thing is to keep out of his reach everything that is dangerous or can break (we can teach him that it is, leaving the prohibited object within his reach so that he learns that he cannot touch it, but that he is the exception). In his room he will need space, floor to move around and have toys close at hand.

From 9 to 12 months.

A room to suit you

Close to the heart

If our baby is one of those who allow themselves to be wrapped (there are others who are overwhelmed and cannot bear not being able to move their arms), it is very convenient to alternate periods of freedom, for example, only with the diaper, with others in which, either wrapped in a shawl or blanket in the cart or with us in the scarf, return to the safety of the mother’s womb.

Carrying them swaddled also develops muscle tone, because babies make small pressures when trying to move and seek the limits of space.

From 0 to 3 months.

The benefits of the baby sling

Much to investigate

They don’t need fancy gadgets, but they do need objects of different textures, materials or thicknesses. They can be fabrics, cords, tuppers, plastic bottles, caps, a stick, a leaf … They must have different grips, from large objects, such as a rag ball that you are going to handle with your entire palm, to small objects that you can finger grip (to help you develop pincer movement).

From 6 to 9 months.

Play with everyday objects

Obstacle course

Before starting to walk, they need to master all movements (lateral turns, sitting down, kneeling …). To help them through play, we can turn our classroom into a motor skills room. How? Well, placing a drawer as an obstacle to go around, cushions on which to pass, a table to crawl underneath, toys as a goal and … the most fun module: us on the floor to climb or use us as support to stand. “Oh, what a tickle!”

From 9 to 12 months.

Games at home for children

I speak English

To help you develop your hearing acuity, we can put songs in different languages ​​(just type in Google “world music” and surely a lot will appear). Is our little multilingual going to be with this? Well, not just with this, but your ability to discriminate those sounds will be greater and, therefore, it will be easier for you to learn new languages.

By the way, an explanation for parents who are jealous because the baby is hypnotized listening to his mother’s voice: it is true that the newborn is more prepared to distinguish high-pitched sounds, but as the months go by, he will also hear perfectly the lowest voices (that’s why they say that Mozart’s music is magic, because it has all the frequencies of sound).

From 3 to 6 months.

I want my child to be bilingual

Play with me

Although our little one is a true adventurer, there are certain games that he cannot carry out without our collaboration: sawdust, the horse, tickle warfare, the plane … With all these movement games he develops muscles, balance , enjoy with a certain level of controlled danger … and something no less important: when we laugh together, the ties are strengthened, the family becomes stronger, we build memories.

From 9 to 12 months.

Games to make your 1-year-old laugh out loud

Experiment with food

As soon as they start to try different types of food, it is good to let them experiment with it. If he already supports himself seated, he can be one more at the family table, sitting in his high chair or in our lap. You will be amazed by all these new flavors, smells and textures, you will improve fine motor skills by reaching for food with your little fingers, and most importantly, you will associate mealtime with a happy moment with mom and dad.

From 6 to 9 months.

Propose challenges

Babies have lots of toys from birth, but they don’t need as many. The good toy is the one that is challenging, the one that gives you the opportunity to rehearse, do something and achieve it. That is why it is better to exhaust each game and, when you have achieved it, gradually introduce others that pose new challenges. Be careful, it has to be an acceptable challenge. Although it is important that they begin to develop tolerance for frustration, if the level of difficulty is not adapted to their moment, it will not be interesting for them (it is better to put the toy away and offer it to them when they have advanced further). The same goes for books. A baby doesn’t need more than five stories. He does not want variety. He wants to repeat them, predict them, realize what he knows. Then, we will change them for another five that will be your favorites of the moment.

From 9 to 12 months.

Myths about baby intelligence

Retransmit the play

On the street, “look, a truck!”, In the bathroom: “now I’m going to wash your little foot, now your hands …”. By explaining things to him, we help him discover the world, make everyday words sound to him and, furthermore, by telling him what we are going to do at all times, he anticipates what is going to happen, which gives him security.

From 6 to 9 months.

Baby development: find out how much you know

Learning to crawl and walk

When children start to crawl (we have already said it: at that stage, ground, ground and more ground and if there are more children and adults down there, much better), the next step is for them to hold on and lift themselves up. Ideally, they should have a place to lean on and that they can surround, for example, a ride-on that is relatively heavy, that costs a little to pull it and thus hold it. It’s okay for us to take them by the hand, but when we leave them alone and they take the initiative, their autonomy and self-esteem are enhanced. The message is: “You explore, my child, that here I am just in case.”

From 9 to 12 months.

Let’s crawl! Stimulation games