The Importance of Infant Stimulation

baby1Research shows that playing with your baby can positively affect virtually every aspect of their intellectual development, from boosting imagination and IQ to improving motor skills and stimulating the senses.

Many pediatricians refer to these playtime activities as infant stimulation—anything that arouses your baby’s sense of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Infant stimulation can help improve your baby’s attention span, memory, curiosity, and nervous system development. In addition, stimulating your baby’s senses will enable him to reach developmental milestones faster, as well as aid in the development of motor skills

Playtime entices children to use language, nonverbal problem solving, and motor areas during fun activities, which cause nerves to fire together and thus wire together for solidified skill building.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Your baby’s immediate surroundings will have the greatest impact on his or her development.
  • Each and every thing your baby is exposed to is a something to be explored fully with their eyes, ears, mouths, noses, and fingers.
  • Ensure that your child receives the appropriate stimulation during his first year of life, because this is the time when your baby’s brain is growing the fastest it ever will.
  • Interact with your child rather than just observing them at play. Your child will develop his capability for imagination as he takes his cues from you.
  • Choose age-appropriate games. For babies only a few months old, you might consider games such as peekaboo, playing with soft stuffed animals and small blocks, and throwing soft balls into the air so that the baby can follow the object with his eyes. With an 8-month-old, try rolling a ball back and forth to develop visual motor integration, ability to anticipate another person’s actions, balance, and coordination. At around 10 months, your baby may enjoy playing pat-a-cake and other repetitive interactive games.
  • Reading, singing and talking to your baby will help encourage babbling and eventually talking.
  • As your baby grows older, try more structured games. Age- appropriate board games, card games, guessing games, or matching games are all great choices.

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