Additionally, the following tips will further assist you in helping your child’s growth in their strengths and weaknesses as well as allows you to have fun as a family!
At this age, your child may need to feel safe and that their needs for being taken care of and comforted are being met. Although, your child may not be very social at this time, your interaction with your child will help build the future foundation of their social and emotional skills.
It important to build a foundation of love, comfort, and trust with your child and as a family.
Cuddle, talk, and play with your baby during feeding, dressing, and bathing. Act excited and smile when your baby makes sounds.
Pay attention to your baby’s different cries so that you learn to know what he or she wants. Involve the whole family in talking, reading, and singing to your baby.
Use “reciprocal” play—when he or she smiles, you smile; when he or she makes sounds, you copy them.
Pay attention to the way he reacts to new situations and people; try to continue to do things that make your baby happy and comfortable.
Teach them cause-and-effect by rolling balls back and forth, pushing toy cars and trucks, and putting blocks in and out of a container or play peek-a-boo and hide-and- seek. Throughout their development, it is very important for your child to feel connected to you as a family.
While, at this age your baby may not be physically active or walking around, it is important to include them in your daily routines such as play or relaxing time and dinner time routines. This will help calm your child’s feelings as they begin to understand what to expect and gives you a daily opportunity to spend time together as a family.
Don’t forget to keep the mood light and have a good time