Importance of playtime with your new baby
Importance of playtime with your new baby
Your baby is born with half a brain. It’s not a defect, in fact it’s his greatest possession!
Everything that happens in their 1st few years, every hug, every smile, every interaction is building and shaping the adult they will become.
They’re shaping her brain and you have the tools to build an amazing little person.
By making your baby feel safe and secure when chatting and smiling with them, they can divert all their attention to getting the most from every social interaction with out the fear of being dropped.
Babies are driven by their flight or fight response, due to their immature brain.
There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you creating the optimum experience to shape that brain to brilliance.
1. Make sure your baby is secure. Nappy change times are fantastic opportunities to chat, smile and interact, as is being propped up in a supportive baby chair.
2. Babies can’t see as far as adults, so try and keep around 23 – 30 cms, this is about the distance between your eyes and your baby’s when held in the cradle position.
3. Follow your baby’s lead. If they look like they’re wanting to engage in play, oblige. This can be as simple as smiling and looking into each other’s eyes to chatting about the day. Newborns have the ability to copy you sticking your tongue out minutes after they’re born.
4. When baby looks away don’t follow them.. That’ s their sign they’ve had enough and need a break. It’s hard work being this sociable. They’ll let you know when they’re ready for round 2.
5. Leave breaks in your conversations. They take a little longer to work out how to reply, it’s always worth the wait though!
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