While your infant is on a soft blanket, take your infant's legs and bend them gently so the knees come close to the stomach. Stretch the legs down again. Sing this song to the tune of "London Bridge," "Bend your knees and stretch your legs, stretch your legs, stretch your legs,..."
Your infant will love when you blow on different parts of the body. Have fun with this activity. Blow on your infant's stomach, feet, face, etc. How does your infant react? Can you find your infant's favorite place?
Put your finger in your infant's right palm. Did your infant grasp your finger? Infants often have a strong grasp in the first month of life. Make this exercise a part of your daily routine. Use the left palm as well.
Your infant loves to hear your voice. Tell your infant what you are doing. Describe your infant's surroundings. Be sure to pause and speak softly. Look to see if your infant reacts by moving when you speak.
Swaddling, snuggling, and hearing your voice will help your infant feel secure. During your infant's first month, vision is blurred. During feeding, your child sees you the best. Vision for color usually matures at 4 or 5 months.
Hold your infant facing you. Tell your infant a story. Pause. Wait for your infant to make noise. When your infant is finished "talking," it is your turn. This is called 'taking turns'. Teach this technique to other members of your family. This is an important preparation for language.