according to current research this is

how your newborn perceives the world a

blur of

out-of-focus images dulled colors and

muted sounds and sensations so how do

you connect with someone who is so

disconnected from the visible world and

how do you provide the proper

stimulation to help their brains grow

and adapt in today's video I'm going to

show you some fun and easy ways to both

stimulate and connect with your 0-2

three-month-old baby

not only do these activities encourage

brain growth in your little one they

will also provide opportunities for

bonding and learning about the world

together so let's hop to it and learn

some ways to play with your newborn baby

one of the easiest and possibly most

important ways to connect with your baby

is to offer them some FaceTime no not

that kind

this basically means to get close to

them and allow them to study your face

the latest studies show that babies

begin to recognize and distinguish

between faces long before they can

distinguish different shapes or patterns

in their environment they can focus on

parts of faces near to them and so by

allowing your baby time to study your

face not only do they familiarize

themselves with you but you begin to

simulate parts of their brain that are

associated with their visual experience

and their perceptual abilities this also

helps them to later be able to

distinguish relevant social information

like emotions babies as young as a few

days old can begin to mimic some of your

facial expressions as well so one fun

game is to get close to your baby and

stick your tongue out repeatedly and

slowly and they should begin to stick

their tongue out back at you as well as

they start to get a little older you can

also mimic their sounds and facial

expressions back to them and you might

even get a laugh another important

aspect of infant development is gaining

spatial awareness you can encourage this

by simply allowing your child to stretch

out on a blanket give them uninterrupted

time to recognize and study their hands

and the ways that their arms and legs

move this helps them to develop the

neural pathways necessary for controlled


recognizing spatial concepts like

distance and may even play a role in

their mathematical abilities later on in


so give your baby time to stretch

another fun way to play with your baby

is to narrate your day to them show them

different rooms in your

home talk to them about what you are

doing or what they are seeing and let

them listen in on your phone calls all

of these activities have been shown to

increase a child's IQ and their

vocabulary range as they get older you

can also encourage development in your

baby's language center by initiating in

conversations where you give your child

time to respond to your question do you

have a really is that is that why you

won't nap oh yeah that's why you won't


because you have a lot to talk about

another way to encourage communication

is to begin signing with your baby the

newborn phase is an excellent time to

introduce sign language for frequent

activities like changing the diaper or

nursing eros no longer cries during

diaper changes because I always show him

this sign first and he now knows what to

expect signs are amazing tools that

eventually allow your child to

communicate with you long before they

can speak you start practicing now

around five weeks of age your baby will

go through their first developmental

leap and they will start to notice

contrast and shadows so give them time

to study these as you encounter them

around your home going back to the

example of the newborn vision it's easy

to see why so many newborn toys have

black and white high contrast images on

them even with the most obscured vision

you can still pick out the high contrast

image if you don't have any black and

white newborn toys laying around you can

also make your own by using a card or a

piece of paper and just coloring and

obscured black and white image on it or

you can print them out online studying

these types of images encourages your

baby's brain development in several

areas and they can also be used to

encourage visual tracking as they are

highly interesting to your newborn

here's another high contrast game that

your baby will love shine a flashlight

on the wall in a darkened room and make

shadow puppets and watch as their eyes

light up also around five or six weeks

your baby will begin to exhibit their

first social smile so be sure to pull

out all the stops to get your baby to


smile at your antics around this time

your baby can also pick up on different

types of music so it's a good idea to

put some on in the background and let

them listen while they're stretching out

or maybe even pick up your child and go

for a dance around your living room or

your kitchen they really enjoy this

activity around seven weeks your baby

will also start to recognize patterns so

be sure to give them lots of times to

study the various patterns that you

encounter throughout your day another

skill that emerges around seven or eight

weeks is the ability to grasp and hold

on to a toy you can encourage this

behavior by offering your baby a small

rattle or some of these little teething

rings they offer unique textures and

they're easy and lightweight for a baby

to hold on to also after this mental

leap your baby will begin to clearly

recognize different facial expressions

so going back to giving them lots of

face time make sure that you make some

exaggerated expressions and give them

time to study your face lastly it's

important to note that babies learn so

much about their environment through

their sense of touch you can encourage

this learning and growth by offering

your baby a lot of unique sensory

experiences throughout their day one

sensory game that my little guy loves is

raising and lowering his muzzle and

blanket over him like this sometimes I

drop it on his belly so he can feel the

different weights of the blanket and

sometimes I just brush it across his

face he thinks this game is so much fun

another way to offer your baby some

sensory experiences is just to grab a

few different unique items from your

home and let your baby grasp them or

show them to them the other day I picked

up a lime and arrows who really loved

this I scratched the surface of it so

you could smell the strong citrus scent

and you really locked in on this and

kind of followed it everywhere that I

looped it another great tool for sensory

engagement are these sensory books that

they make for babies they have different

fabrics or textures on the pages is

great because not only does it give you

an opportunity to read to your child it

also gives them a lot of different

textures that they can experience and

it's all put together for you

those first three months are filled with

change your baby's brain will be growing

at such a rapid rate they'll becoming

more alert by the day and seem like

they're literally growing in front of

your eyes and while the days are a blur

of naps feedings and diapers changed I

hope you'll find some time to play with

your baby I also wanted to note that

whenever you're playing with your child

make sure you're looking for signs that

they're not overtired so if they're

sneezing or if they're looking away from

you and they're yawning or closing their

eyes those are signs that they could be

over stimulated or overtired and they're

not really in the mood to play all right

guys so that about wraps it up I hope

you enjoyed this week's video on how to

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