6 tips about wellbeing every parent should know
An occupational therapist has some tips for reaching your child's developmental milestones.
Hugo, Mysmartkid’s occupational therapist recommends six tips for parents of
children aged 0 – 2 help their little ones achieve the important well-being
1. Developmental Phase
choosing games and activities to play with your baby, it’s important to always
keep the developmental pattern in mind. For example, don’t try to get your baby
to sit when they haven’t yet developed head control. It will only frustrate
you, and your baby, without any results.
2. Tummy Time
need to spend a lot of time on their stomachs. So lie them and their toys on
the mat, or on your tummy or legs while you talk and play with them. Tummy time
helps develop your baby’s motor skills.
3. First Crawl
need to crawl before they can walk. Every parent awaits those first tentative
little footsteps, but crawling is a vital part of your baby’s development. It
strengthens your baby’s muscles, teaches them to use their hands and feet in a
coordinated way and ensures that important integration of brain functioning
takes place. So, if your little prodigy skips this stage, or goes too quickly
from crawling to walking, try to motivate them to crawl when playing.
important to know that, at this age, repetition and verbalising are both an
essential part of learning. It gives your baby time to practice and refine all
the new skills they’re learning. So, it’s a good idea to repeat an activity
many times, perhaps tweaking it slightly so that they don’t get bored.
5. Attention Span
no denying it, your baby’s attention span is still very short – no matter how
many funny faces you can make. So, don’t expect them to concentrate for long
periods of time. Rather just be patient and let your little one play, without
distraction, giving them time to better develop their attention span.
6. Play and Learn
remember that, at this stage, all learning happens through play. It’s natural
that your baby will be curious about their surroundings and will want to touch,
feel, hold and explore everything they come across. So, make sure that there
are always toys to play with and give them the space and opportunity to
‘discover’ their world.
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