Call me Mama! No, tell me Daddy! Ah you see that, she is smiling at me! Yes you recognize it, every parent wants to be continuously with their baby to see the latest developments. You can start very early to stimulate these developments. Read below a number of useful tips.
Teach Your Baby to Look at You
From the moment your baby is 5 weeks old, it grows rapidly and the little one no longer sees the world around it as a whole. You will notice that the older your baby gets, the more focused and longer it will look at something.
Encourage Eye Contact
You can stimulate this by making a lot of eye contact with your baby, laughing a lot with your little one and talking. Also respond positively and cheerfully when your baby looks at you.
As a mother, you naturally carried your baby with you for 9 months. Your voice and smile will recognize your little one the best, so you will probably get the quickest response.
Teach Your Baby Emotions
When your little one is about 3 months old you will see better and better emotions. Your baby will also try to express it more often. You can now clearly see what your little one likes and what not because he or she simply laughs or cries to indicate something nice or annoying.
Then try to name yourself and your child’s emotions so that they understand what the emotion stands for. For example, if your baby laughs, “You’re so happy!”
Stimulate Baby’s Neck Muscles
A baby’s head is the heaviest part of the entire body, so be careful and support it well when picking up your baby. For the development of the neck muscles, it is good to regularly let your baby sit and lie in different places and ways.
If your baby is 2 months or older, the neck muscles are slightly stronger. You will see that your little one will lift the head more often himself. This is the perfect moment to play kite! Lift your little one above your head and gently turn around. Almost every baby will love this!
Teach Your Baby New Words
From the age of 9 months your baby will more and more clearly ‘babble’. Respond to this and accept it, so you can quickly start real conversations together. If your little one is a little older, you can introduce him or her to new words, for example by naming animals, fruit and new objects.
Babies love attention, so try to point out and explain the pictures in a children’s book, this way your baby will be introduced to new words. If your little one is a little older, you can start reading stories, such as these fun toddler books.
Stimulate Baby Language Development
It is important that you name your baby by his or her name so that the little one knows: Hey, that’s me! For brain stimulation it is also very important to use correct Dutch sentences and not just ‘baby language’. So instead of: “Do you like jam jam?” do you use “Are you hungry?”
Repeat, repeat and repeat again
For almost all new actions it applies that the self occurrence and repeating ensures that your baby understands the actions faster and tries to imitate them. From the age of 4/5 months, try to touch and name body parts of yourself or your child. You can then ask, “Where is your foot?”
Learning to Roll Over Baby
Before your baby starts sitting, crawling and walking, it will roll over. This is important for your little one’s balance. Most babies roll from their back to their side before they can roll the way they want.
Discover and play
Go and play with your little one. If you play with your baby’s feet, they often automatically fall to one side, allowing you to practice the side position. You can also cross one leg over the other so that you start rolling, or try to let the little one grab hold of the toy on the left with the right hand. This movement is the same as that to initiate rolling.
- By spending a lot of time together, your baby will automatically learn many emotions and words from you.
- Try different games together such as: Peekaboo, Colors and Domino for a lot of interaction.
- The special ‘feel books’ with many different colors, patterns and fabrics or books with sound are nice to introduce your baby to new things.
- Your baby learns the language of the person taking care of him, so keep talking to your little one, even if you only get a blabla back.