Updated on June 15th, 2016
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.
Did you know that your baby’s first year of life is when their brain is doing the very most development? While sometimes it may feel silly to chat with an infant that can’t respond to you with words, it is important to realize that this is a key time in their life to interact and create that bond! Here are 5 key ways you can interact with your baby every day to help develop their brain and build that relationship!
5 Easy Ways to Interact With Your Baby
Talk – Don’t ever underestimate the power of language. Babies learn by hearing us talk. Just speak out loud about the things you are doing. Read your magazine aloud or talk about prepping dinner. Whatever it may be, keep a dialogue going and talk to your baby.
Play – It’s not just fun, it’s crucial! Playtime is learning time for infants! Let them play with a rattle, balls, a mirror, or other toys perfect for a baby. Or, get creative and use everyday items from around your home like tupperware!
Sing – Don’t worry about a perfect pitch, just get singing! Bust out to your favorite tunes on the radio as you drive or start a dance party during fussy time in the evenings to settle everyone down and connect with your baby. You can also sing songs with interactions like “this little piggy” or “twinkle, twinkle little star”.
Cuddle – Cuddling very often leads to my most favorite moments with my baby. It gives a calm, peaceful time to just snuggle up together and pass smiles back and forth. You can cuddle your infant while sleeping or awake, they love the time connecting!
Read – Pull out soft cloth books or a collection of board books and read to your child. Reading makes it easy to talk to your baby when you’re not sure what to say. It also lets you cuddle up together as you read. It will instill a love of books early in their life as well. Some of our favorites are the fold out tummy time books by Usborne Books & More and Animally!
Try counting out these 5 simple ways to interact using the five fingers on your hand, and it will help you remember, when it comes time to play, that you have these 5 free ways to play and interact with your infant!
We are Moms First
We are all learning how to be moms each step along the way. Even if you already have children, adding in another baby to the mix can and will present all new types of challenges from learning how to manage more than one child to gauging different personality types and what will work for your newest arrival.
Do you remember your first moments as a new mom? Walmart has created a #MomsFirst page with inspiring tips, videos and articles to create a community and resource for parents – from expecting, new mom, and even for experienced moms.