0-3 MONTHS

Big things are happening in those little brains! Here are activities to help with rolling, hand-eye coordination, and body movements.

PEEK A BOO

Around two months old babies begin to recognize people-especially parents. They also begin to follow things with their eyes. To practice these skills parents can slowly move from side to side while baby watches and then cover and uncover your face to play Peek-a-boo. Uncovering your face and saying peek a boo may startle your child, but it may also make them smile because they recognize you.

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PULL TO SIT

Most babies begin to sit unassisted between 4 and 7 months old. They need to practice using their muscles to get there, though. Gently pulling your child by the arms to a sitting position can help them gain the stomach muscles necessary to sit by themselves.

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SKIN TO SKIN

Babies love to have people close. That is when they can see them best. Skin-to-skin (when baby is lying on a parent's chest with only a diaper) helps promote bonding, regulate body temperature, and improves heart and lung function for baby. Babies 0-3 months begin to recognize faces and by interacting at a close distance can help babies see details in faces.

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NOISE AND TOYS

Babies begin to hear things while they are inside the womb. When they are born some may even recognize their parent's voice. New sounds and objects are extremely important for new babies. Giving a baby the chance to explore different sounds by shaking a rattle or banging on a pot can help develop different parts of the brain. Babies also hear higher pitches better, so when you talk to your baby use a higher voice and articulate each word so the baby can begin to record the different sounds and mouth movements.

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