Take some time today to capture the beauty of your infant through photographs that you will cherish for years to come! Surround your infant with special stuffed animals and take several photos. You will be thankful to have these precious memories as your infant begins to grow and change in the coming months.
As you go about your day today, speak to your infant as to what you are doing. "I'm getting my keys." "Here are my keys. "Now we will turn off the light and open the door..." Although your infant is unable to respond, infants love to hear your voice and be included in your world. By talking about what you are doing, you are including your child in your day and setting the stage to be able to speak when the time comes.
Infants love hearing nursery rhymes. The book Mother Goose's "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" is one example of a rhyme your infant may enjoy hearing. If you are holding your infant, you can move to the rhythm of the words.
Your child loves to play with you! Play, "I'm going to get you." Move your fingers up and down. Gently go toward your infant while saying, "I'm going to get you." When you reach your infant's stomach say, "I love you." What does your infant do?
After bath time, try gently, (but somewhat firmly), massaging your infant's body. If your infant has discomfort, a massage may be calming and soothing. Massaging your infant's feet can be especially relaxing. Lightly encircle one of your infant's limbs with your hand. Lightly massage your infant's hand or foot in a circular motion. Repeat for all the limbs. Using 2 fingers, slowly massage your infant's trunk in clockwise circles. Turn your infant over and massage your infant's back. Repetitive downward massaging is calming for your infant.
Spend some time today allowing your infant to look into your eyes. Infants this age are easily overstimulated with all they are exposed to on a daily basis. Spending time looking at one another allows you both to slow down and simply bond through eye contact.