Bundles of blessings or joy we call them. When you bring the newborn home, it can be perplexing to know just yet what to do with them while they are not asleep or up crying. You are probably a new mum or dad, and there is a little person in your abode.
As babies grow, they develop a sense of awareness and interact with the new world around them. Soon enough, your baby will start to try moving, grasping, mumbling, and looking around: It is now time the young soul discovers the world.
As you witness the baby grow, it is undeniably an amazing experience any parent would want to ignore. It is never too early to introduce your baby to different fun activities. With your help, the baby can exercise and develop their minds, brains, and body.
This article introduces the baby activities month by month. These are infant development activities that can help your baby grow holistically. Remember, there is never a time limit of when to start taking your baby through exercises and activities.
After all, it is the journey they take in the development of sensory, motor, communication, and feeding skills. This is the first article in our series of baby activities by month. This article focuses on baby exercises for 0-3-month-old babies.
There are different developmental milestones for babies between 0 and three months. It takes time and plenty of experimentation to achieve these milestones. Some parents ask, what are the creative activities for 0-3-month-olds? Well, let’s begin by exploring those. Well to be creative, the baby needs to achieve sensory, fine motor, communication and feeding milestones.
As your baby grows, they quickly develop awareness of their environment. They can cooperate in tasks like Visual tracking. Majorly, it encompasses following and focusing on the moving objects. You could utilize this window of opportunity by hanging colorful objects above the crib of your baby so that as it moves, they track. The object could be a high contrast pattern that attracts the attention of the baby.
You can also move your finger from one position to the other when the baby is sleeping in the supine (by their back). You could move the finger as you make some sounds and then land it on their body. After a few tries, the babies actually join in the rhythm and can predict your next move. It creates excitement. In the end, you achieve visual stimulation, visual fixation, eye coordination, and tracking.
It is appropriate at this age to hold the baby and maintain eye-contact while sticking out the tongue or twitching the eyes. Surprisingly, babies will also try to imitate the facial gestures you make. This improves their sense of sight, eye contact, and socialization.
You can use baby lotion or any oil that is safe for babies to gently massage the legs, arms, back, belly, and thighs of your baby.
As you do so, sing, smile, or talk. Amazingly, your baby will get relaxed and develop communication skills, and bond with you.
As part of building their sense of touch, you could also smile while holding the baby. In the process, touch their hand, forehead, or nose.
You are probably wondering what else the newborn baby would do for physical development, right. Well, it would help if you place the baby lying with their tummy. Tummy time for even 5 to 10 minutes is enough for the baby. It helps them learn how to lift their heads. Allow the baby to lie on their tummy and play; it is healthy.
As they do so, hold a noisy toy or a colorful bright card in front of the baby, so they raise their heads. Ordinarily, tummy time helps the baby learn how to push up their arms. If you are lucky and committed enough, the three months old baby can learn how to scoot around the flow. Why tummy time? A wise parent will tell you that it helps prepare them for crawling. Tummy time is perfect for strengthening the neck and back muscles of children.
You should try moving the baby left and right while calling their name. As you do so, make the baby follow the sound. Within no time, they become obsessed with the sounds. Even though they are always not able to locate the source of the sound, their appreciation of the sound is a positive nod. Comparatively, older babies are good with locating the sound source. This helps in building the baby’s listening skills.
Skin-to-skin contact with the baby helps in developing the sense of touch of the babies. Tickle the baby to trigger giggling it helps in infant development of the sense of touch.
Placing the baby on their right hand is prudent. You can support their backs using a soft pillow to maintain the side position, li beside the child and offer them a toy, small ring, or an object to hold in their hands. Change the lying position to the left and do the same with the pillow.
It should take a few minutes each day. But why? You do this to improve the fine motor skills of the child. Surprisingly, this also helps in gross motor skill development in infants and improving hands-to-mouth play.
Babies initially have the palmar grasp reflex. This reflex helps in grasping anything that comes into contact with their palms. This best explains why they clinch on your finger when put it inside their hands.
As the baby grows, the transition into touching things purposefully. The first three months helps the baby establish the gross motor skills that help them grasp anything as long as they want to.
Maintain the supine position and place a toy above the baby. Repeat the exposure to let the baby hold the objects. It gives them a sensory feeling and attachment to different textures, thus developing a bond with their surroundings.
Get as many toys as possible and make sure they are of different color. Who knows, this is the time you develop an understanding of the colors your child likes.
If you observe closely, you will realize that the reaction to excitement makes babies move their feet. For instance, a little tickling will have them throw their cute little legs over and about. It is time they are exploring their bodies, and the realization that they have feet is prodigious to them.
Let the baby lie on their back and grasp their feet and legs. Make a pedaling movement as if they are in a bicycle motion. While doing this play the best music that your baby likes. Also, you could talk or sing to the baby.
Apart from that, you could buy baby shoes with sounds or socks that have bells. If they have that jingle sound, the baby is likely to exercise as much as they want. It is healthy for their gross motor and language development.
Some of the communication activities have already been covered above. However, you can speak to the baby in a high-pitched voice, sing songs, or call their names to keep them attentive.
This is the period when you describe everything you do as if you have a soliloquy. Give your child eye contact and describe different colors and power words.
You can also shake a rattle as you sing.
Show the baby some of the best animal pictures and pictures of the family moments while maintaining eye contact.
Remember that 0-12-month baby development period is critical for their life. This is the first article in our series of baby activities month by month. These activities should be done repetitively until the child adjusts their body. It is wise to take 10-minute breaks and play with your child every day. It makes the muscles adjust.
However, doing long sessions might tire your child and affect their sleep cycles. Mix up the games and get the best ideas every day of the week. If there are any strange reactions, a visit to the pediatrician might help.
A baby is a gift, make the period you have them little count. When they grow, you will wish you did these activities.
Check out for our next article on the activities for 0-6 months old. We are sure that by the end of this series of articles you will be well versed with the baby development activities by month. That is always our joy:to raise awareness among parents and guardians on kid's development.