- When your baby begins to smile and coo at you, do it back to them right away. This helps your infant learn that cooing is a good way to get your attention.
- Interpret their sounds and coos as if they were telling you something.
- Imitate your infant’s body movements, actions and facial expressions. If they stick out their tongue do it back. Imitate their sounds exactly the way they say them. This helps create a connection.
- Talk as if your infant can talk to you.
- Introduce some infant toys and help them explore new things. Get face to face with your infant. Hold a rattle close to your face and shake it softly.
- Call your infant’s name to get their attention. Give your infant lots of enthusiasm even if they only respond with a brief look.
- Ask your infant questions. Alternate the tone and loudness of your voice.
- Sing songs and nursery rhymes to your infant.
- Take an infant massage class. It is important to provide babies with a variety of sensory stimulation from birth. Babies are learning through all of their senses from the moment they are born.
- The Lamaze toy range are a personal favourite of mine. Their colours, textures and sounds provide a variety of sensory stimulation.
Enjoy this stage with your baby!