Home > Parenting > Child > How to care for your baby 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. 0 ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' 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. More in Parenting What is causing my baby's colic and what can I do? More: ChildHow to care for your baby advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.