You give your baby a bath every day. She loves the water and wants you to play with her. But how? Our parenting skills expert, Deborah McNelis, and author of Love Your Baby: Making Connections in the First Year, suggests giving your 6-9 month old baby a clean sponge, a small amount of water in a plastic tub or a large bowl. If your baby could talk she might say, "Play with me." First Deborah will share 4 points about your baby's brain connections. I'll share a few ways to have fun with your baby during bath time.
Deborah in the voice of your baby, tells us:
1. My baby's brain responds to positive attention.
2. I can tell when you like what I do.
3. My brain adapts to my surroundings.
4. Happy experiences make the best brain connections for me.
5 Baby Game Tips
Now that you know why fun times with your baby are important, let's look at some water play games that add even more fun brain stimulation. They'll add some vocabulary too.
1. With a small plastic cup show her how to fill the cup and empty the cup. Say, "full" and "empty. Repeat until your baby fills and empties it herself. She won't be able to say these words but she is learning their sound and their meaning.
2. With a wash cloth cover the cup. Ask, "Where is the cup?" Uncover it and say, "Here is the cup!" Repeat until your baby hides and uncovers the cup herself.
3. With two plastic cups, one large and one small, say, "Big cup." and with the other say, "Little cup." Repeat until you can ask your baby, "Give me the big cup." or "Give me the little cup."
4. Name and touch the parts of her face. Just one at a time. Ask, "Where is your nose?" or "Where is your mouth?" Answer, "Here is your nose." or "Here is your mouth." Repeat until she is able to point to the right one. Play this game with her toes, legs, and other body parts.
5. Give your baby time to splash and get your approval for having a good time.
If either you or your baby is tired, it's time to quit. Keep bath time fun.
Let's APPRECIATE Deborah McNelis' Love Your Baby packets. They're based on research, beautifully designed, and full of tips that take moments to read and are fun to practice.
Deborah created a series of packets including What to Do When I Am Two and Help Me Thrive When I Am Five. Pick up your packets which help brain development at Braininsightsonline.com
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