Teaching Babies

Babies can learn a more than the rudiments. Parents can imploy techniques to help their children learn more and expand the capabilities of their intelligence.

From the first day the baby is in the home, parents can help the child learn and develop greater intellectual ability. You don't have to be a PhD to imploy these techniques. All it takes a little and effort on the parent's part.

Talk to your infant. Your words will stimulate the child's brain. A fun game is to hold the child on your lap. Touch the child's nose and say, "this is your nose." Touch your nose and do the same thing. Continue with the eyes, lips, hands, legs. The child will laugh at the attention.

Read to your child right from the start. Yes, your child will not understand the story when they are a newborn, but they will enjoy listening to you. They will be used to your voice and the stimulus will help their brain. Read at any time of the day, but especially at night before putting your baby to sleep. By six months you'll see your child recognizes words and looks forward to the nightly readings.

Television is not a good tool for children under three years old. Experts agree that infants and young children's brains do not respond in a positive way to television. They require human one on one interaction for the proper stimulus. What are some alternatives to keep your child entertained while you are working?

A healthy body and mind are important to the development of your child. Jolly Jumper or other variations can be attached to a door frame. The child is securely placed inside and can jump and down, exercising leg muscles. Mother should be nearby and insight.

Other tools include busy boxes which the child can explore. The best are the ones which have varying degrees of difficulty so the child continues to learn.

Scientists have discovered that music is one of the best tools for increasing brain wave activity in children. Music is a deeply emotional human experience. It increases brain development as well as physical activity as children move their arms and legs in time to the rythm. What type of music? Experts recommend classical music.

Music can help improve memory and awareness. Listening to music helps a child focus and adds to his or her imagination. There are many important books written on music as an essential tool for the health and intelligence of infants and children. There are even CD music programs specifically for infants which feature classical music excerpts.

Stimulation is also important in your child's mental growth. This can be accomplished with colorful decorations in the child's room and over the bed or playpen. Taking your child for a walk in the stroller is fine, but this experience can be enhanced. Instead of just wheeling your child around, take him or her to a park. Point out the trees, the grass, the flowers, the people, the sky. Use words to stimulate your child's brain.

Telephone play is another tool that works well at encouraging communication. Use play phones and talk to your child. Soon the child will form words, and then sentences much sooner than children who aren't given this attention.

All of these ideas can be done even when both parents must work outside the home. Just make everyday to make time not just for the essentials of infant care, but for the extras which will help your infant grow into an intelligent, healthy child.

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