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18 August 2003

Helping your baby this month

Don’t bombard your baby with all sorts of activities and stimulation. If your child is alert and seems interested, try one or two of these activities at a time.

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Don’t bombard your baby with all sorts of activities and stimulation. If your child is alert and seems interested, try one or two of these activities at a time.
  • Make your baby aware of his hands by stroking his palms, massaging the hands and playing games with his fingers.
  • Let him touch objects of different textures and let him lie naked on different textured surfaces.
  • When your baby is lying on his tummy, place bright coloured objects in front of his head. This will encourage your baby to lift his head.
  • Let your baby look at himself – place mirrors in his cot and pram.
  • Sometimes surround her with brightly coloured objects.
  • String a few colourful beads on a piece of elastic and stretch it across your baby’s pram so that she can reach it.
  • Place her on her back and help her to practise kicking.
  • Speak to her all the time – even think aloud when you are involved in an activity such as shopping.
  • Play soothing background music.
  • Massage her after a bath.
 
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