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Games to play with your baby
Darling baby is home…now what? Baby now seems to be more alert, sleeping fewer and just wants to be held! Now's the chance to interact one on one, while your baby stays place where you set him!
Yes, babies can get bored, irritated, startled, amazed, angry, happy ECT. These little beings have emerging feelings, not as we adults, but as each baby grows their environment and experiences help them develop responses to their world.
For example, at first babies have no plan when they cry, their immediate wants are met, fed when hungry, changed when uncomfortable ECT. It sure does not take them long to use these cues to communicate with their caregivers! Some babies figure out the faster, harder they cry, the faster the response, some, release subtle cues, grow to fidgety, whimper a bit, grimace, prior to they begin the shrieking.
We all wish we should communicate to our infants, wishing they should tell us exactly what they need, so we would not need to guess. Then prior to long we discover, through this subtle cue exchange, and through trial and error, we begin to figure out what baby wants by the expressions, sounds and different grades of crying
So, now we look our wonderful baby is can respond to us, not through words but by reacting to our responses and stimuli. Nature has her own method of creating sure our precious helpless bundles are taken like of. The faster we respond to baby's wants the easier on our ears! And as parents we need our children to look cared for and happy, no reason the age!
Newborns are like natural sponges, as are older children, but newborns have their own method of learning and developing and each one is unique. Sure, so called ‘milestones' should be met when ‘expected', some shall not, then we, as parents begin to worry, our baby shall not be ‘normal'!
Some newborns accept stimuli readily, others shall respond with anxiety and grow to ‘over stimulated' in a brief time. Each infant absorbs that stimuli and learns from it, perhaps not the method we ‘think' they should, and we return to retrieve the greatest ways of learning for each lone infant.
Perhaps baby only seems comfortable subsequent to feeding and diapering, and then is can accept forms of stimulation; some babies look their greatest right subsequent to waking as stimulation shall tire them quickly. Other seem to explode with anticipation once they read that some forms of stimulation are good and exciting, they lose their anxiety subsequent to repeated exposure to stimulation. They display their excitement by large eyes, heavy breathing, waving of their arms and legs and perhaps communicating verbally, however primitive it shall be. We, as parents view these cues and tend to repeat the similar to actions each time we look a positive response. As does baby, they soon read as positive response can bring return a pleasant sensation or action.
This brings us to topic of this article, all parents need to be can entertain, teach and react with their newborns. And some parents locate it difficult to have knowledge of what to do once baby reaches the stage of detailed alert periods of sterilizers for baby bottles to explore with their hands and mouths.
Of course baby is always learning about their environment on their own, in many different ways, by hearing the sounds, smelling the odors, feeling the air, seeing different sights, learning to recognize repeated events and so forth. We, as parents can augment the learning experiences with many different categories of stimulation, via experiences and games of sort. Playing Baby games:
Peek-a-boo/over and under;
Simple forms of stimulation shall seem a bit boring to us, but to an infant they shall be surprisingly exciting! For example the play of peek-a-boo, by just placing your hands over your face and reappearing, or just by opening and closing your eyes, shall tend to be shocking to a newborn a first, some shall not even respond, outwardly that is. Even to a non physically responsive baby, possessing a caregiver's facial features distorted or absent, for however the shortest of time, shall be puzzling, interesting or not effectual at all. As some newborns shall take detailed than others to use facial features to obtain their cues from. Mostly those they have not learned to recognize yet. You can locate that you own baby shall display he is puzzled, by the look on his face, sending you the cue he wants more details to work out the difficulty of recognition, that you can be still you, behind the hands. This play also helps reinforce an infant's trust, that you can disappear, but then you return back, most helpful for those older infants that tend to have separation issues. Good games of peek-a-boo that involve the parent disappearing around a corner, only to reappear again, help enhance the trust response. As baby becomes more comfortable with this play enhancing it in different ways helps hold the baby interested. For example creating use of the baby's teddy or blankie to hide behind for example, being sure that your baby is secure with you disappearing and isn't startled upon you swift return, if the play becomes unenjoyable, then perhaps leave return to a simpler form. As baby gets older he can join in on this all time most liked game, even allowing a tiny blanket to be positioned on his head, allowing him to pull it off, and helping read a sense of self awareness.
Placing a toy below a tiny container or washcloth, then bringing out on top, or turning over a container and hold a tiny bear hide inside then popping out to sit on top helps baby solve the difficulty of ‘where did it go, shall it be back'….they soon realize the bear is still there and like hiding the toy themselves!
Anyone that was around young children shall have had some sort of skills development with this game. Though seemingly ‘accidental' at first, on the baby's part, when the result is, the item gets returned, thus the ‘drop it play is born'! Young newborns work on the clenching and unclenching of their paw almost continually, watch as baby opens and closes the hand, sometimes watching intently as if to speak "How did I do that" The baby is still learning related to the sense of self and does not realize, at first, that they, themselves have manage over their body. Placing a light mass rattle in baby's reveal paw encourage them to grasp the rattle, first for a brief time, then as they grow the grasp becomes firmer and lasts longer. Baby then realizes they can move the rattle causing a pleasing sound and is can bring the rattle to their mouth for extra sensory experiences. Then as baby drops the rattle, a caregiver picking it up and handing return to them, soon encourages the baby to intentionally reveal the paw to let the rattle to fall once again. How funny mommy or daddy is when they laugh and coo at the baby while returning the dropped rattle, only to repeat the activity over and over! As the baby grows they read this play with other items, dropping things from the highchair, car seat and stroller certainly creates the patents scramble…how fun! Cause and effect is a wonderful learning tool, however simple it seems to us adults!
In and out/up and down;
Once baby is more alert for a brief time even young babies can like watching products for example paw sized toys, get placed into things for example containers or bowls. Learning paw eye coordination is a skill that takes time to acquire and even just watching like a caregiver spots the item in and takes the item out, helps the young baby grow to aware of space and aids in difficulty solving. Yes even newborns can solve problems, well, what shall seem to be a difficulty to a young baby seems silly and simple to us, learning about body manage and becoming aware of surroundings and how to relate that you own body to it, is a lifelong skill! As the baby grows creating use of many products for this play helps read spacial awareness, how many balls can fit within the tiny box, how many within the large ect…..beginning math!
The baby is learning to use their paw to pick a toy up and bring it over to location inside a box, knowing how high to lift their paw and when to let leave is barely a sequence for a young baby. Watching as the caregiver lifts most liked teddy up and spots it down, helps baby read control, first they should be haphazard, flopping the bear up and down, then becoming more purposeful lifting teddy up with a laugh and setting it below beside them. Babies are so smart!
I'm gonna get you/chase me;
Even tiny babies who aren't definitely crawling like the play of "I gonna get you", of course the more gentler version of light tickling, a raspberry on the belly, the barely ‘roaring' noise regarding the funny pet mom or dad pretends to be. Even creating use of teddy to return in close and tickle baby's belly, then going away, return and forth, helps the baby again, interact with his environment and objects. Baby seems to like this for awhile but read their cues of when to stop, the turning away, the grimacing, arching the return ect. This play shall be with no problems over stimulating.
Along with "I'm gonna have your toes/fingers" the play of ‘get you' as well as the play of ‘chase me', for older babies, shall be barely fun. Though greatest when not prior to bed or subsequent to a full meal, even babies in walkers soon read to scoot around to chase or escape from mom and dad!
Yes even babies can play catch! Creating use of a soft ball, block or even balled up cloth, propping baby up and gently placing the ball on their belly shall invoke the reflex of clutching barely quickly. Baby shall use most arms to hug the toy and soon learns to reveal them to let the toy go. Sometimes closing the arms just as the toy is placed on their tummy, seemingly ‘catching' the toy. However accidental, the concept quickly grows into the baby waiting with outstretched arms for a gently tossed toy and quickly scooping the toy in, therefore, playing catch! Along with catch the baby shall read the throwing concept by watching the caregiver hold the toy and push it forward, letting leave regarding the toy at some point. It is barely fascinating to watch a baby difficulty solve this process, repeatedly body and spacial awareness returns into play, knowing how to hold the toy and purposely use the arm to project the toy by motion and opening the hand, and realizing where the toy shall end up is a bit of a task to master.
Truly a most liked of many parents and caregivers! First time a newborn seemingly mimics a facial expression brings such excitement to everyone around! Baby soon learns to like this attention and begins to mimic on cue! Even as some behaviors and expressions are conclusions from reflexes for example, stroking a newborns cheek induces the rooting reflex and the baby shall even smile, the baby learns body manage and watches the caregivers face so intently. From fluttering eyes, to sticking out the tongue. Possessing the young baby about a foot distant helps them hold focus and the baby shall begin to experiment with expression. Some shall even look so serious, and shall even try to illicit a response from the caregiver, by attempting to coo, moving around, waving the arms or grimacing. Just try keeping a stoic face while receiving note of at a newborn who is trying to communicate, just look whether you do not break into a large smile!
As baby grows the play of ‘copy me' becomes broader, from facial expressions, to clapping hands to pronouncing lone and double syllables, ‘ba, ga ‘mama and dada' over and over, and waving. All simple tasks for us, but for baby barely an achievement, so many so we celebrate and write such milestones below within the baby books! Many interactions we adults have with newborns return from our own experiences as we were growing up. Some we learned from our parents and grandparents, many we learned just from watching how others interacted with babies. Perhaps we babysat for young children as children ourselves. Knowing some good games to share with your young baby can help establish that trusting bond that encourages growth, not only for the young baby but even like a caregiver. Watching a young life brighten and flourish even within the smallest of ways shall be an extended lasting memory, for everyone!