I also discovered that you don’t need too much of special equipment to do it. Choosing toys and playthings sensibly is enough. Many branded ‘cute’ toys are space consuming and difficult to clean. They may not be a sensible investment considering the fact that babies explore an object by putting it in their mouths first. For the same reason I had to curb my urge to ‘make’ toys at home. I learnt that a lot of intricate details are looked into during manufacturing right from the material chosen to the finishing. Appropriate toys ca easily fit into a reasonable budget if we think a little. We ourselves are interesting toys for our kids!
Specialised stimulation programs are forward looking but you really don’t benefit too much if travelling time is more or the class hours clash with your child’s meals or naptime. Do not feel guilty about stopping the sessions if they do. They will be counterproductive. Learn the essence and use every opportunity you get to let your baby explore his world.
- A father’s involvement is just as important as a mother’s.
- Take time off every day to enjoy your baby and give the child the responsive attention and affection he asks for. He cannot manipulate or control you. Unconditional love allows for the creation of strong self-esteem and increased development of brain circuitry. Communicating and responding without hesitation is vital even if you wonder how much your baby understands.
- Giving your baby a massage does more than give him good sleep. Of all the sensory experiences, touch is how infants first know they are loved. It is the source of comfort. Being held is reassuring in the face of strangeness. In the womb babies are ‘massaged’ as a result of the mother’s physical mobility and movements. Infants need this continued experience to grow. Touch is a vital nutrient for both the brain and the body.
Infants have a biological need and desire to learn, this being ‘prime time’ for the developing brain which undergoes an intense period of growth and network building. While stimulation at this time is a brief but unique opportunity to help encourage the formation of brain circuitry, the most important thing I have discovered is that every child has his or her own temperament just like us adults. It is really important to sense that. Babies interact, respond and adapt with the environment based on its synchrony with those traits. Some babies like to be rocked, some resent being cuddled. Many of them dislike a change in their routines. They should not be labelled ‘difficult’.