If you'd like to promote your baby's brain, you'll find 3 simple parenting activities here. Our parenting skills expert, Deborah McNelis, authors brain development packets for babies and children. They are loaded with ideas you can use. Today she'll share the importance of repetition and 3 learning actions your 6-9-month-old baby will love.
The Power of Repetition for Your Baby's Brain:
If your baby could talk, he might say, "Repeat that, please!" Babies need repetition to learn how things work. When you repeat fun activities, his brain will make the learning connections.
3 Parenting Activities that Help Babies Learn:
1. Make fun sounds and tell your baby what they are. "This is a bell. This is clapping. This clock is ticking."
There are so many sounds you can repeat. If you choose a bell and it's safe for your 6-9-month-old, let him touch it, hold it, ring it.
2. When feeding your baby say, "This is a (mashed) carrot. This is a cheerio. This is pudding." If you want her to touch it and play with it, that's up to you.
3. Take a deep breath and smell things saying, "This is a rose. This is an onion. This is (baby) lotion." Teach him to take a deep breath and smell the things you name.
Deborah advises you to promote all your babies senses with things that are safe to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. Repeat your activities often and with enthusiasm to help your baby's brain make the connections.
Let's THANK Deborah for sharing her learning ideas from her vast experience as an early childhood specialist.
Pick up her packet, BrainInsights: Love Your Baby - Making Connections in the First Year.
Available at: Braininsights Online
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