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5 ways You can help your baby to learn age 0-6 months.

You can help your baby to learn age 0-6 months.

 
Article written by Sheila Sudlow (copyright on this article. Nursery Nurse students may copy and use for college assignments by permission only email for permission)
 

In this series of articles we will focus on enriching play activities you can do with your baby-child to stimulate learning in a safe, fun way in a home environment and in a cost effective way for families on all budgets.

 

0-6months

1. Encourage talking to your baby from day one. Communication is very important even if you are just singing a lullaby, making mumm sounds on baby’s feet without socks. It’s all about learning to relax, building strong bonds between family members and baby, having fun. Even baby communicates back at just a few weeks of age with smiles, coos awws and eventually babbling sounds.

2. Provide black and white picture books from an early age. You can find these by lending them from a local library, car boots sales, friends at sure start events and lending library’s or second hand shops.

3. Your baby will respond to sounds around his/her surroundings. Musical toys, which you pull, a baby gym which stands above baby’s bouncy chair with lots of colourful toys attached will encourage your baby to use arms and legs to try to touch the toys to make them move.

4. As your baby gets a little bigger you can progress with laying on a soft blanket, or play mat to encourage your baby to stretch and reach for toys touching safe teddy bears, rattles and other colourful stimulating toys. The extra soft texture of fur and other fabrics will be such appealing to your baby’s sensory development.

5. Approx 6 months your baby will learn to explore their environment more and begin to hold rattles teething rings. Babies will begin to use mouthing, by putting toys to their mouth exploring textures, so safe toys are a must at this stage onwards. The general rule to remember is anything smaller than a 2 pence piece can be swallowed and chocked on so keep these out of the reach of babies and children .Keep older children’s toys out of the reach of babies especially as baby starts to roll over from back to front and starts to reach out.
article written by Sheila Sudlow of Cheeky Chums premature baby clothes superstore.
 
written by by Johnny Moon
 
Babies learn the same way that older humans learn. They mimic what they hear and see. They observe what they are exposed to and they learn through positive and negative reinforcement.

Take crying for example. A baby will cry when it is hungry. This crying starts off as an outlet for the pain and discomfort that the baby is experiencing by being hungry. The baby soon associates that when it cries, milk arrives. Then the baby will begin to cry as soon as it is hungry to bring on the milk. The baby has learned that his or her cries are responded to. The baby may also learn that the louder the cry or yell, the quicker the response if this turns out to be the case.

This process of learning by association teaches the baby not only how to get what it needs but also how communication can take place through sound. At some point in its early life a baby will learn that if no-one can hear the crying there is no point in doing so to get the milk. It can still cry however as an outlet for pain.

Babies will also mimic. Babies need to be extremely observant because their survival depends on it. This is why they are much more observant than adults. They need to learn how to have their needs met so must pay close attention. It is through observing that they will notice that some of their behaviors cause joy in others and some cause anger.

They will also experiment as they learn and then learn even more through trial and error. A baby's memory is far more agile than an adult's. Many things are learned as the memory holds all this newly gathered information.

BABIES LEARN THROUGH PLAY

What appears as simple play is often much more than that. As babies play with different objects they are developing eye-hand coordination, spatial awareness and registering various sensations amongst other things. As long as they are playing, something is being practiced.

As they get older, play continues to be hard work. In fact, one could say that play is actually practice for adult life. When a kitten pretends to chase a mouse or a young child pretends to be taking care of an infant or driving a car, these are all actions which are practiced over and over again until the age nears when these actions must be done for real. As real life changes, the way children play changes too.

A sight that would not have been seen 25 years ago is a young toddler pushing her doll in a stroller while speaking into a big plastic pretend mobile phone. Children seem to naturally want to practice what adults are doing now.

Learning happens quite naturally. However, as more and more research is done on how babies learn and magazines publish findings like the fact that babies can learn language by listening (who would've thought?) more and more parents buy these magazines to have access to these latest research findings. This is in the hope that they can give their child a head start.

Mothers have been singing lullabies to their babies and telling them stories since the beginning of time. Perhaps we always instinctively knew that speaking to an infant helps the infant acquire language. Research studies now prove that we were right to think this.
 
article written by Gary Clay
 
Baby toys need to be durable, comforting and stimulating all at the same time. This is one of the reasons that stuffed animals that can also recite the alphabet are so popular. They can stand up to great abuse, they can be cuddled with and that alphabet song will keep your child entertained for hours.

Babies love to explore and quality baby toyscan promote this. They love anything that makes noise or has texture to it. Babies, after all, are still discovering the world. They are curious about everything and want to make sure that they explore everything they come across. This means that everything needs to be touched, smelled and (very often) tasted. Your child isn't chewing on the coffee table because they don't know better, they are chewing on the coffee table to see if they like the way it tastes! Playing is how babies explore and learn.

Babies respond best to toys that are brightly coloured and have interesting textures. The bright colours aren't just cheerful; studies have shown that the bright colours can help to stimulate your child's visual development. Anything that provides a large amount of contrast is good because it will teach the baby how to differentiate between colours. There is a reason the Touch and Feel board books by the Dorling Kindersley publishers are so popular. Those are books that have big pictures in bright colours, are durable enough to be chewed on and often feature a new texture for the baby to touch.

Toys that encourage babies to do something are very popular among the under-two-years set. Toys that will reward the baby with a noise when a button is pushed are always a good idea. Babies will grow restless very quickly when given a toy that does not do much, if anything at all. There is, after all, a reason that the teddy bear sits quietly by while you get to listen to 'A sheep says baa-a-a-a-a' for the four thousandth time in a row.

Babies are a lot of fun to play with and making sure that your baby has the right toys are a great way to make sure that everybody enjoys play time.

 

About the Author

Gary writes about toddler and baby toysfor his website and blog and sells a wide range of quality toddler and baby toysat his website www.monkeyshine.co.uk

 
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