Bedtime can be such a special time for you and your child. At bedtime, rock and sing a song about your child's day. Make up the song mentioning all the things you did together today.
The best way for your child to learn words and concepts is through active participation. Locate a variety of spoons, some for your child and some for you. Place some pureed fruit one each one and demonstrate how you put each of the different spoons in and out of the mouth, using the words, "putting in" and "taking out". Did your child do the same?
Your child may be beginning to use social gestures such as waving when someone leaves your home. Play a game with puppets or stuffed animals. "The dog is going away." "Can you wave bye-bye?" Your child will delight in this game, while developing social skills.
Children learn language even though they aren't speaking at this time. It is important to help your child learn good manners at an early age. Put some toys on the floor. Sit across from your child. "May I please have the dog?" When the child gives it to you, be sure to say, "Thank you!" Children learn social graces by watching others. Spend some time today using the words "Please" and "Thank You".
Your infant may be sleeping during most of the day"during the first few months. Although there will always be things for you to do, try to join your child in getting some rest"during the front end of nap time. Try doing whatever it is that brings you peace and refreshment in order to be energized during your infant's wakeful times.
Children love to imitate you. The next time you brush your hair, hand your child a small brush. Watch as your child attempts to brush hair, (or head). Continue observing ways in which your child imitates you. See what happens when you sit across from your child and clap your hands, pat your legs, tap your head, etc.
Infants love to move and stretch. Place your infant tummy down on a pillow. See if your infant tries to push forward or rock back and forth. Try to hold your infant's feet up to see if this encourages any forward movement. Use caution in order to avoid falls. Your infant will move when ready.