The first six months of a baby’s life are mostly spent on sleeping a lot. When a baby sleeps a lot, it leaves parents a little more free time than when he or she gets older. Parents must see to it that safety and close proximity to their baby are always a priority for activities in the early years. A baby who’s not yet two years old needs to be supervised at all times.
When your baby is crying or becomes fussy, attend to his or her needs immediately. A rapid response time to baby’s needs is crucial for overall trust and sense of security. It has been said that you just couldn’t spoil a baby.
Here’s a sampling of learning activities that may be of so much help as you try to accomplish chores like preparing meals, for example, sans using television as a babysitter. These activities, by the way, should be referred to as play because babies are learning a lot through constructive play activities.
Once some of these activities were tried, these could lead you to think of many others. You might even be accidentally discovering everyday items which your child finds to be such of a fun and entertaining. The following activities would surely benefit your baby’s language development as well as in promoting bonding and attachment between the parent and a child.
Work and wear. This type of activity aids language development as well as a good bonding. For this particular activity, you need a wearable sling or a baby-secure front pack. Secure your baby into a front pack or a sling.
Wear your baby while you rake dried leaves in the backyard, cut grasses in the lawn, water the plants, feed chickens, do computer work, grocery shop, or any activity where you could safely keep the baby with you.
The important part is that you’re going to talk to your baby about everything you’re doing so that he is soothed by your voice as well as your movements in such a way that he could absorb language for later use.
Look and learn. This type of activity is good for language and visual development. You would be needing pinwheel toy or balloons. In order for the pinwheel to spin or for balloons to bob in the wind, you need to stick them in a potted plant outside a sliding glass door or window. Then you had to place your baby in a car seat inside the window or door so he could get a good look at the objects.
Remember that babies at these early stages need to be close to objects just so they could have a clearer picture of what they’re viewing. Rotating ceiling fans also captivate baby’s attention at these early stages but you don’t have to be doing it too much and too often though.
This is how it’s going to be done. While you’re going about your chores, occasionally, try getting at eye level with your baby and to talk to him about the balloons, rotating ceiling fans, or pinwheel. You might say: “Look, baby, look, couldn’t you see the pinwheel spinning?”
Tumble and talk. This particular type of activity helps language and motor development, balance, coordination, and bonding. Before doing anything, make sure that your baby’s not shaken, his head is supported, and that he’s enjoying the activity.
Here’s how to do it. You need to think of play activities that could be best paired with a tumble and talk play. Well, let me suggest for you:
Push-ups. You should be lying on your back on bed and try hoisting your baby above you, then try moving him up and down, back and forth, and face to face. You have to do it not too slow, not too fast. This type of activity would naturally bring about chanting or talking.
Obstacle course. You should be placing pillows on the floor and try coaxing your baby to wiggle and crawl over and over around piles of pillows. Here’s an important reminder, this type of activity should only be done when your baby is already six months old.
Dad’s little helper. This type of activity helps language development, social, and motor movements. For this activity, you would need toy version of household cleaning items: dish rags, sponges, plastic dishes, rakes, adult dust pans, brooms, and mops.
You have to provide the toy version or actual tool of whatever you’re gonna be using around the house or in your work at home.
This is about getting your child to imitate what you’re doing. So if you’re mixing something, give him a bowl and spoon to imitate your actions. If you’re sweeping, allow him to also sweep. With this activity, there is so much dialogue that could take place between you and your toddler that would help him acquire vocabulary.
Caution: Make sure you double check on the household cleaning items you’re going to use with your toddler as most household cleaners contain toxic substances.