Stimulation activities and techniques for child brain development between birth to 4 Months
From the time they are born, babies often tell you how they feel and what they need through sounds and body movements. You may notice that they use different cries to let you know they are tired, hungry or bored.1 Your baby’s brain is still not completely developed at the time of birth. The development of brain cells depends on the baby’s bonding with you and their surrounding environment. Also, your nurturing touch helps the baby to gain weight and develop healthy relationships.1 There are numerous stimulation techniques to promote your child’s brain development.2
Encourage your baby to learn and play with motor games and activities
- Give your baby a little tummy time. Place them on their tummies to play for a few minutes, a few times a day
- Gently clap your babies’ hands together and sway them to some music
Introduce your baby to different sights and sounds with sensory games and activities
- Provide visual stimulation by hanging a colourful toy above your baby’s crib
- Smile at your babies, tickle them gently and make them wiggle and giggle to your touch and voice
- Improve their listening skills by playing or singing songs to them
Encourage your baby to use sounds to express through communication games and activities
- Describe the various actions to your baby face-to-face and in a high-pitched voice or singing tone as you dress, feed, and bathe your baby
- Shake a rattle up and down to make sounds while you sing to the baby
- Let your baby play with a doll and point out the different body parts
- Figueroa A. Connecticut’s Guidelines for the Development of Infant and Toddler Early Learning. Available from: http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/dss_early_learning_guidelines.pdf . Accessed on: June 12, 2017.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. 0-3 months. Available from: https://pathways.org/growth-development/0-3-months/games/. Accessed on: June 12, 2017.