Your baby is constantly growing. With you in their corner, your baby can hit their milestones. Here’s a few tips for encouraging your baby’s development. This post is sponsored by Bright Starts but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Babies grow so fast before our eyes. One day I was giving birth to a 32 week preemie, the next I’m chasing a 9-month-old all around the house and trying to keep him out of everything. It seems as if a single day passes every time we blink our eyes. Whether you’re a first time mom or a third timer like me, watching them grow is fascinating. Their development is something that you’ll keep up with as they continue to hit milestones and as parents we want to be encouraging. Here’s a few tips for encouraging your baby’s development as they grow.
Build a connection with your baby
Creating a bond and connection with your baby is essential to their growth and development. A bond can facilitate a nurturing and loving learning environment. You can help them to adapt to their new home, the sounds and even people around them. A few ways to establish a connection is through tummy time, reading stories, talking to them, and even simple eye contact.
Expose your baby to a variety of things
Babies learn from all different types of sounds, textures, sceneries and smells. Introduce them to toys with different sounds and textures. Show them colors and shapes. Allow them to play and experiment with objects around them, as long as they’re safe of course.
Talk to your baby
One of the things I love doing is talking to Trevor. We’ve had long conversations since the day he was born. He responds and interacts using body language and babbling as he got older. Eventually he’ll be able to express himself using words but until then I’ll continue to talk to him about any and everything.
Stimulate them with toys
Once Trevor became more mobile, we began to introduce toys. One of the things we introduced to him when he began sitting up was the Bright Starts™ Sesame Street™ I Spot Elmo!™ Walker. It has more than 30 songs, sounds and sayings from Elmo and his Sesame Street pals. He really loves moving around and playing with Elmo and his friends. The toy station is removable just in case he wants to keep playing with his friends while he’s hanging out on the floor.
Read to them
Story time is super important for babies. It introduces them to new words and pictures. Reading will introduce your baby to books and hopefully set a foundation for your baby loving to read as they grow older. This will be especially beneficial when it’s time for your baby to head to school.
What are some ways you encourage your baby’s development?