The first year of parenthood can feel like it’s all about feeding, pumping, changing diapers, rocking the little thing to sleep - and repeat all over again. Well, that’s true. But, there is a whole lot more going on with your baby. At this age, every day is a new adventure for them, in fact every minute can be a new adventure!
Reading to your child, even when they’re in your womb is proven to be effective in developing emotional attachment. Nothing beats the bond you can form with your child as you read while they sit on your lap or lie down next to you. Not to mention improvement in visual, langugage and story comprehension. Remember it’s never too early to start reading to your child. A few tips while you choose for this age:
- Choose the classics with big pictures and simple story lines, they are popular for a reason. A few of our favourites are Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? Hungry Caterpillar , Dear Zoo, Gossie, and Peek a Who? and Goodnight Moon
- Representation is important, specially when you’re rasing your child in a multicultural environment. Be sure to find books that represent your own culture and those that your child sees around them. indigrowkids, we need diverse books, coloursofus are all great resources.
- Be mindful of emotion. Love makes the world go round. Warm, cuddly books give your child security and comfort, so make sure you add it to your repertoire. I love you through and through, Guess How Much I love you, I love you so are all must haves.
Your child develops a surprising amount both physically and emotionally in their first year. Make space and time for play. Not structured play, just free play.
- Make sure you have enough space for tummy time, for a little crawl or walk, for rolling about. A good, safe mat is must.
- Think about movement. Things like grasping, holding, pushing, pulling - All of these are big adventures for little ones. So have a little basket filled with soft blocks, pull open cloth books and as they grow a little older safer wooden pushing and pulling toys.
- Make a playlist of your favourite songs and play them during the mornings. A great way to start the day!
- Create a night time routine of listening to a “ baby’s bedtime playlist”
- Go beyond the baby songs, add some culture, add variety - old and new, rock and jazz , African and Spanish or even some Bollywood. Every little sound adds to your baby’s personality.
Thanks for reading!
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