Growth and Development
Growth & Development
Encouraging your baby's development starts from birth.
Lots of kisses cuddles and love help your baby to feel secure and
loved. Breastfeeding also instills that sense of love and bonding
that your baby needs.
Gently stimulating your baby through social interaction, talking
to him/her, toys and activities to play with and even your daily
routine will all aid in your babys learning to understand things
and starting to communicate.
Lots of love and encouragement and really enjoying the learning
process is so important for your babys development now and in the
early years. This includes communicating and such stages as first
words and crawling and walking.
Listed below are some helpful tips to encourage your babys
• Chat to your baby, spacing your words so that she notices gaps
between words. Soon she will be trying to immitate your
• Sing to your baby, even if you don't have the most beautiful
voice in the world, your baby will appreciate it and enjoy it. Not
only will he be soothed by the sound and tunes he'll soon want to
try and sing along.
• Try and hold your baby in a position where she can see your
face. Newborns can focus on things about 25cm from their face.
•Hang a mobile over her cot for her to focus on the shapes and
colours (a musical mobile is even better).
•Give your baby bright and colourful toys to play with, colours
that contrast against each other will help them differentiate each
• Try lying your baby on his tummy, he won't be able to move
around much at first, but it will strengthen his neck muscles. Make
sure you're around and there are things around that your baby will
want to look at, rather than just lying there.
• Listen to your baby's noises and respond to them. That way she
knows she is being listened to and its the starting point of her
• As he gets older start putting him on your knee so that he
begins to support himself. It won't be long until he's sitting up
on his own.
• Following a daily routine such as breakfast, playtime, lunch,
naptime, dinner, bath and bedtime will help your growing baby to
anticipate the next daily event. Your baby will also associate
different objects to such events, such as the high chair for food
time or towels for bathtime.
•Reading books and looking at picture books everyday and making
it fun, helps associate reading and books with enjoyment. This will
help to encourage reading and booktime as baby grows.
•To encourage crawling, put toys just out of baby's reach so she
has to stretch to reach the toy.
• Work on understanding the meaning of your baby's different
crying styles as this your babys early means of communication. He
could be bored, hungry, tired or simply want attention.