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Developmental Activities for Newborns

During bath time, try gently stretching each arm and leg when you are washing your child. Touch your infant's feet. Notice your infant's reaction. Your infant will eventually stretch his/her whole body. When this happens, use loose clothing that will allow this important exercise.

Rocking and singing are soothing activities for your infant. You can use music from your favorite child's recording, iPod, or ones you make up, (infants love to hear your voice). Try to do this in a quiet place. Pick simple songs.

Infants love to hear your voice and watch you even when folding the laundry! When folding the socks, say, "Socks go on your feet" then hold your infant's feet and jiggle them. Continue with the rest of the clothes. It will make the task more fun when you share it with your infant.

Infants are attracted to the contrasting colors, (black, white, and red). On a sheet of white paper, draw a face with black hair, eyebrows, eyes, nose, and a red mouth. Tape your 'masterpiece' to the inside of the crib or car window. Infants see best when viewing objects 7" to 9" away from the face. Does your infant enjoy viewing your artwork?

When you hold your infant close to you, look into your infant's eyes. Vision is blurred at first. Infants can see best at the distance your infant is during feeding time. When you speak to your infant, use a soft, steady voice. This helps your infant feel safe, secure, and loved.

Playing with your infant helps you bond and enjoy each other's company. Laugh, sing, and talk with your infant. Being present is more important than your choice of words or singing ability. Your infant loves being with you!

By talking 'sweetly' to your infant, your infant will feel loved. Your soft, steady voice is comforting to your infant.

Hearing is a sensory experience for your child. Place a large piece of paper under your infant. It should be long enough to stay in place in order for your infant to be able to kick and hear the sound it makes.