Sensory development (babies)

Sensory development (babies)

Ask mums the clearest memory they have of giving birth and – apart from the pain – most will say it’s those precious moments when they got to hold their little bundle of joy for the first time. In those wondrous seconds when you have skin-to-skin contact with baby, you begin to realise that baby is comforted by being close to you, your voice, your scent and your warmth. This.

Talk to me!

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Talk to me!

Busy mums and dads can often forget the simple fact that talking to babies is easily the most important thing you can do. Especially when baby is on the verge of a meltdown, a simple chit-chat and cuddle is often all they need. When outside, talk to baby about what you see and hear – anything from the noisy bus to the magpies squabbling in the trees. Babies just love.

Tickle time!

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Tickle time!

How to guarantee giggles every day! There’s nothing quite like a giggling baby and what better way to get those giggles than with a tickle! Here I come – Walk your fingers slowly up their body from foot to tummy, as you say “One, two, three, four, five, here comes the tickle!” make sure your voice sounds excited as you count. Round and round the garden – Hold the palm.

My beloved baby book

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My beloved baby book

“Who loves Jane?” asks your little one’s story book, and the answers are as varied as the photographs in this easy-to-make set of story cards. Little ones are beginning to understand different emotions right now, even if they can’t quite verbalise them, but one they really understand is the feeling of loving someone or something else! This is obvious as you start to notice how they attach from week to.

Peek-a-boo bells!

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Peek-a-boo bells!

Find a toy with a bell, or make a bracelet with bells (make sure you use bells that are big enough so baby won’t choke on them). Find a nice comfortable spot for both you and baby on the floor and surround him with a variety of hiding places for the bells, such as soft toys, upside down nesting cups, cushions and blankets. Hold up the bells for your baby.

Where’s the squeak?

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Where’s the squeak?

Babies are starting to learn that although things are out of sight they can still hear them sometimes, and this is a fun game to encourage this learning without fear. Find a toy that makes a squeaky noise or jingles. Let baby see and hear the toy by making its noise holding it in front of him. Then hide the toy behind your back asking where it is. Make sure.

Mouth mirror music

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Mouth mirror music

Playing mouth games together with your little one in front of a mirror helps teach them about all the interesting things your lips can do. It also shows them that our mouths produce different sounds, which is highly entertaining! Blow raspberries, make kissing sounds, whistle, click your tongue and whirr your lips. Or why not go all out and be the rap star you’ve always wanted to be – you’ll.

Hide and seek

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Hide and seek

Here is a simple version of hide and seek that is perfect for younger children. Choose a room with lots of potential hiding spots (such as the dining room or sitting room) and start hiding! When you find a place to hide, like under the kitchen table, say in a loud voice, “Where am I hiding? Where has mummy gone? Can you see me?” Wait a moment or two in.

Quiet time play – part 2

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Quiet time play – part 2

Following on from our blog post, Quiet Time Play – Part 1, here are some more ideas. Try our suggestions and tips below at the same time every day, as baby will learn that they signal “quiet time”. Bubbles – There is nothing like the wonder of tiny floating bubbles to encourage peace and tranquillity in a baby. Clear the room – Try to spend quiet time away from distractions..

Quiet time play – part 1

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Quiet time play – part 1

Babies get tired and worn out just as much as adults do, but unlike us, they can’t tell you what they need to do to relax! Try our suggestions and tips below at the same time every day, as baby will learn that they signal “quiet time”. Musical magic – Try getting in the habit of playing easy listening music at the end of a busy day. It doesn’t have.