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Developing a baby from 2 to 3 months old (Part 2)
We touch and probe
In summer, go outside the house with your baby, when the weather is quiet and
mild. Lay a blanket on the ground and sit on it with your baby. Pick a blade and
stroke baby’s hands with it gently. Turn a baby on a tummy, put his palms on the
grass and stroke them over it several times. A child will try to catch blades
and will find it very fascinating.
Hang a blanket or a carpet, sewed of different scraps, on a wall near baby’s
table. Changing your baby’s clothes, stroke his hands over the scraps, naming
fabric of each one.
Stroke your hand over baby’s hand slightly, saying: “Small hands, small hands,
Baby’s small hands”. Now stroke a baby with a soft toy and repeat the words. Again
stroke his hand with your hand. Alternate stroking with your hand and toys made
of different materials.
Put together pieces of different fabric with a clothes-peg. Pieces of sacking,
silk and velvet will be the most appropriate for this toy. Such toy promotes both
development of sense of touch and prehensile movements at the same time.
If your baby still loves to double his hands into fists, help him to open them,
offering to hold balls of different texture of tennis one size.
Take a sit on a chair, holding your baby on your knees. Peep with some peeping
toy. Give this toy to a baby. He will catch it instinctively and be surprised
when it will peep. Keep on playing, giving the toy to a baby for several times,
and soon he’ll guess that these are his hands that make a toy peep.
Put a small toy in front of a baby, so that he could see it. Touch his palm with
a toy and help him to close his fingers around a toy. Remove your hand, so that
he could hold a toy by himself. When he lets it fall, put this toy in his hand
again, talking to him tenderly. As you play this game, baby’s fingers will become
stronger little by little, and soon he’ll be able to open and close his palms
by himself. Each time give a toy to a baby’s other hand.
Place small soft toys near baby’s cot. Hold a toy in front of a baby and turn
it from side to side. Turning a toy, speak on his behalf: “Hey, baby!”, “How are
you, baby?” etc. A child will try to catch a toy, and, if he manages to do this,
he’ll feel pleasure. Use toy of different sizes, shapes and made of different
materials. Change your voice, talking for this or that toy. This will help your
baby to hear different sounds. Such play develops hearing and small moving skills
In this age the purpose of suspended toys changes. Now these are toys not for
observing, but for seizing. The object should be placed 7 cm above baby’s chest.
Tapes of bright, calm color may be used as a material in the beginning. While
a baby is lying on his back, above him you place a known pendant, rattle-garland,
ends of which are connected with 2 tapes, coming down to baby’s hands. A grown-up
attracts baby’s attention to a rattle. Moving arms and legs animatedly, a baby
strikes against the ends of a tape. A child, closing and opening cams automatically,
catches the tape by chance.
Being not able to let it go, he gesticulates, moves the tape sharply and sets
a highly suspended toy in motion. After letting the tape go and feeling its touch,
a child closes and opens his cams, catches the tape again with his fingers, moves
it sharply and sets a highly suspended toy in motion again. While baby’s trying
to put tapes into his mouth, you should take his hand with tapes away, stretch
them and set in motion all the toys. The duration of the game is from 5 to 10
By the age of 3 moths your baby should play by himself without your help for
20-30 minutes. He may play with 3 toys at the same time.
We carry on a dialogue: sounds – the way they are
Imitate sounds your baby utters. This will set an admirable connection between
you. Cooing – is a baby’s language. When he sees something interesting, he starts
cooing. Play with your baby in cooing. Take some brightly colored object and hold
it in front of baby’s eyes. When a baby starts cooing, you also tell him “uhu”
and hug him. Soon you’ll know what your baby likes.
You can entertain your baby with a tape-recorder. Record the sounds he utters.
Try to turn on the record in his presence more often. Speaking with a tape-recorder,
a baby can calm down and fall asleep.
Life in motion
This game is important to develop baby’s legs. Put a baby on his back and take
his foots in your palms. Move his legs to and from you and then around the circle.
While doing this exercise, sing some known song.
While singing the last line, start kissing each baby’s toe, one after another.
Babies like dangling legs and tossing them up. In such an early age they even
manage to put toes into their mouth. So that to help a baby, put something under
his feet, for example, soft toy, peeping toy or your own hand. Every time put
one thing under his feet. Place a pillow in his cot the way he could strike it
with his feet.
To develop baby’s muscles and help him to gain sense of rhythm, put a baby on
his back and move gently his hands and legs, keeping time with some children’s
In the age of 3 months a child turns from back to side, after a grown-up takes
baby’s foot in his hand and presses it to the surface of a table from the side
of other foot. The following exercise will help to develop a skill of turning
over. Put a baby on his back. Take a sit behind his head, holding a small toy
in front of his face. When you make sure you attracted baby’s attention, start
moving a toy to some one side. Do it very slowly, impelling a baby to seize a
toy. If he turns, let him play with it. Repeat this exercise, moving a toy to
the other side. If a baby turns only partly and needs some help, then push him
Playing with your baby, watch that he isn’t overtired and over-excited. Exercises
do good, when they bring pleasure both mother and baby.
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