Here at Baby Bear, we are passionate about supporting parents with how to play to support your babies development and have fun!
Play is the main way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialise, and understand their surroundings. During the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.
The first thing your baby will learn is to associate you with getting their needs met. So, the feel of your touch, the sound of your voice, and the sight of your face will begin to mean nourishment, warmth, and comfort.
Even at this young age, babies are ready to learn about the world around them. Your newborn loves to look your face. Newborns can recognize and respond to a parent's voice (or other interesting sounds) by looking alert and becoming less active. Babies may try to find out where a sound is coming from by looking around.
Why is tummy time important?
Tummy time has plenty of benefits for your baby: It's important for their physical development, helping your baby to strengthen their back, arms and neck muscles. Tummy time helps your baby to develop their motor skills and encourages them to roll over. Start with little and often, a few minutes at a time, always meeting babies needs if they become upset.
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Try to choose toys with contrasting colours and patterns. Strong contrasts (such as red, white, and black), curves, and symmetry stimulate an infant's developing vision. As vision improves and babies gain more control over their movements, they will start to interact more with their environment and surroundings.
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Elisa & Jennie xxx