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Developing a baby from 2 to 3 months old (Part 2)

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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 excellently.

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 minutes.

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 song.

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 tightly.

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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