Try these simple activities to amp up your baby's brain power.
Read colorful picture books with your baby! He'll love looking at the bright colors and bold, contrasting patterns while listening to your voice.
Talk with your baby. Engage him in conversation from the day he is born, being sure to maintain lots of eye contact.
Attach an unbreakable mirror to the crib or next to the changing table so your baby can see his face and movements. Place a large mirror low on the wall so he can look at himself when he is playing on the floor. Your baby won't understand that he's looking at his own reflection, but he will enjoy seeing that person moving his arms and smiling at him.
Provide toys that make music or different sounds, especially those that make noise whenever your baby touches them. He'll learn that the cause and effect of hitting particular toys is getting to hear pleasant sounds.
Show your baby how different objects have different sounds by comparing a bell to a rattle or a drum.
Give your baby easy-to-clean objects with different textures that he can feel and put in his mouth.
The Complete Illustrated Guide is an information-packed guide that leads parents through the ever changing maze of new behaviors, developments, and challenges present in a child's first six years. It is filled with essential information, expert advice, practical solutions, and key choices to ensure a child's healthy development for their first six years -- and set them up for success in later developmental stages. In addition to understanding their child's stage of development, readers are given parenting techniques and activities they can use with their child to maximize physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development at every age and stage.
Get more ideas from Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide to help with your baby's development.
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