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You can waste many hours each day simply staring at your amazing newborn. It’s addictive! Rest assured, it’s no waste, you’re actually teaching bub something too. Research has shown that babies start to recognise and learn from their parent’s facial expressions from when they are three months old. Bold shapes, patterns, and bright colours are most stimulating for young babies to look at. Show your baby the world. From a beautiful flower to a piece of art or a colourful toy, babies love looking at interesting things. Take your baby out walking and lie together on a rug under a tree, as you watch the dappled light fall through the leaves. Reading books together with bright, interesting pictures is a great way to exercise your lil’ one’s visual skills and a nice routine to start before bedtime.
Talk to your baby while you’re spending time together, tell them what you’re doing and describe what you’re both seeing. Babies start to pick up speech sounds and the rhythm and flow of language right from the start. Babies love music too – dance with them! Sing to them! Your baby will love hearing you sing, no matter how you sound. Babies are very forgiving and they don’t mind iff you’re not the next Idol. Sing familiar ar songs from your own childhood and pass on the love to the next generation. Readinging to them is the perfect way for them to pick ck up intonation patterns. Even if they’re too youngoung to understand the story, they’ll pick up fromom the emotion in your voice. From a very early rly age, they’ll also respond to bright colours rs and shapes in a storybook and they’ll love e the cuddles. Diaper change time is a great time to connect and chat with your baby. He or she may be too young to understand the words you are saying, but rest assured, bub is learning important communication skills such as maintaining eye contact during a conversation.
TA S T I N G
LEARN BY PLAY Xylophone, Toys “R” Us From the time your baby can begin eating solids foods, give them a variety of different flavours – even babies become bored of bland food. Ask your mum or your grandmother what babies were fed in their day. It certainly wouldn’t have been from a jar. By introducing different tastes and textures much earlier on, you can help avoid a fussy eater later on. Tickle those little taste buds using some stronger Sophie the Giraffe, Mothercare