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5 Simple Ways to Entertain your Toddler

Possessing endless energy and short attention spans, toddlers need a lot of entertainment provided by us. They are also easily distracted, so you can use this to your advantage by switching up these ideas and doing them all over again throughout the course of a day: 1. Play with toys- Break out the cars. Dump out the blocks. Grab some Barbies or trains or animals or anything. It may make a mess, but it’s easy to clean up and will keep your little one occupied for a minute at least, maybe two if you make cool crashing noises with the cars. 2.Feed them snacks- Toddlers not only get hungry quickly, but tey also get bored easily—snacks are a win/win. Feeding them snacks keeps them from getting hangry, and at the same time, it gives them something to do. Plus, trying to pick up little cheerios is great for their fine motor development. Score! 3.Take them to the park- This can be either amazing or not. It all depends on if there are swings. A trip to the park is glorious when you can sit there and do nothing while your toddler runs and climbs and gets all his energy out. It’s not when you have to do all the work swinging him and he just sits there, relaxing. So, it may be a good idea to avoid parks with swings if at all possible until they’re old enough to swing themselves. 4.Give them a bath- You don’t even have to wash them, just let them play in the water. It’s like a trip to the pool, but without all the hassle of sunscreen and bathing suits. And cold water. And life jackets. And the fear of drowning. And having to be in public with other people. And pool monitors who think you’re the worst parent in the whole wide world. Yes, baths are a great substitute for taking a toddler to the pool. 5.Tickle them- This can even turn a grumpy mood around when tickling turns crying into laughing. Of course, it could always make it worse, so prepare to bail on this idea if that’s the case. Content Source:   Feature Image Source: 

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What is Godh Bharai and 5 exciting Godh Bharai (Baby Shower) ideas

WHAT IS GODH BHARAI? Godh Bharai also known as the Baby shower is an auspicious occasion which is celebrated during the last trimester of pregnancy and is one of the most awaited occasions for the family members. The phrase “Godh Bharai” literally means filling the lap of an expecting mother with abundance. The rationale behind the celebration of a Baby shower is to bless and welcome the unborn baby and to wish the expecting mother with a lot of joy and abundance. WHEN IS GODH BHARAI CELEBRATED? This occasion is usually celebrated after the completion of your seventh month when the baby and you are considered to have entered into a safe zone. Some people prefer to have a puja after the baby is born rather than having Godh Bharai in between. However, Godh Bharai is getting increasingly popular and a lot of friends and families are opting to celebrate it to cherish these wonderful memories later. HOW TO CELEBRATE GODH BHARAI? The rituals for this special occasion vary from community to community, however, the logic remains the same which is to bless mom-to-be and shower her with gifts. The moms to be are anointed with oil and are made to wear a beautiful saree. In many communities, the men including the father are not a part of this event. But then times have changed and the dad to be is quite involved in planning. The event is usually planned by close family members or friends. FUN GODH BHARAI GAMES 1. RIBBON GAME Get a few rolls of ribbons or threads of different colours. Each participant is required to cut the length of the ribbon of the same length as would be the size of the mom-to-be’s tummy. The closest match is the winner. DIAPER CAKE: Make a cake with diapers and place it on the table as a decoration. 2. GUESSWORK Make a list of traits like: • Nose……………………………… (eg. Mom) • Ears………………………………..(eg. Dad) • Eyes……………………………….(eg. Mom) • Hair………………………………..(eg. Mom) • Face……………………………….(eg. Mom) • Complexion……………………....(eg. Dad) • Nature…………………………….(eg. Dad) • Intelligence…………………….....(eg. Mom) • etc Now the mom-to-be will write down her answers (which possible traits the child should inherit from the father and which possible traits the child should inherit from the mother). Let the guests guess each trait’s resemblance to mom or dad. The answers need to be matched by mom-to-be’s answers and the one with the most matches is the winner. 3. DRAW THE BABY This is going to be a fun game. You will need some sketch pens and square pieces of paper/card (big enough for a forehead). Ask the guests to take paper and sketch a pen each. Keeping the paper on their forehead such that they cannot see it, blindly draw an image of the baby. Most of the time the images come out shapeless, which adds to the humour. The mom-to-be has to decide the winner among the badly drawn images. Keep some wipes ready in case the guests get colour on their face. 4. CLAY BABIES Another easy-to-arrange game, you’ll just need to buy a few packs of clay (different colours if possible). Give a portion of clay to each of the guests and ask them to make a baby from it. This is a messy and fun game, a sure hit at the party. Again, the mom-to-be has to decide the winner. 5. PASSING THE PARCEL Play some music and let the cushion or a pillow be passed from one to another. Stop the music randomly; whoever is holding the pillow in the hand when the music stops is the loser. The loser is then made to either sing or dance or do some activity of choice.

The do's and don’ts of hosting a baby shower

Baby showers have come to represent more than just a day where you and your closest friends get together to have tea and cake to celebrate your impending arrival. Now they require meticulous planning, games, a theme and even little keepsakes for the guests; it’s starting to become more like a wedding.   If you are planning on hosting a shower either for yourself or a friend, keep it stress-free with the following dos and don’ts.   Do: 1. Invite the dad-to-be It is easy to forget about the dad-to-be when it comes to baby showers, but they might want to get in on the action as well.   2. Go for finger food rather than a sit-down lunch Cakes, sweets, buns, scones, and sandwiches are all easy to prepare foods that taste delicious. They also mean less clearing up and people can come and go as they please.   3. Have it close to the due date You don’t want to have the party too far away from the due date, nor do you want it the day of. Two weeks before is usually a nice time as it can offer the mum-to-be a distraction from the discomfort that comes with the third trimester.   4. Open the presents Nobody can resist cooing over teeny, tiny baby clothes so open the presents while the guests are there.   5. Keep it short and sweet Two hours is long enough to have a catch-up, open the gifts and eat some nice food. Any longer and the expectant mother might become too tired to be able to enjoy herself.   Don’t: 1. Don’t make it a surprise If you are hosting the party, try to avoid throwing a surprise one. The last thing the mum-to-be will want is to show up looking tired and feeling exhausted.   2. Don’t invite lots of people just for the sake of it Keep it small and intimate. There is no point inviting people just for the sake of it, it will be exhausting trying to entertain everyone and it will be hard for the mum-to-be to relax.   3. Don't give gift suggestions on the invitation It is not a wedding so don’t ask for certain gifts or give a registry. Most people will bring something anyway and a gift list might make them feel uncomfortable.   4. Don’t play embarrassing games Games are a good way to pass the time but bear in mind that this is not a hen party so try to keep the embarrassing games to a minimum.   5. Don’t serve alcohol Remember, this is a baby shower so try to avoid serving alcohol. The last thing the guest of honor will want is to have to deal with drunk and loud guests.  Content Source

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2-month-old, first week: Growth, care and more

Your baby at two months old Drum roll please... It’s the moment you've been waiting for since you met your tiny little baby all those weeks ago. Around now you should be getting your first lopsided smile – not wind, but a perfect little smile. Hopefully it will make all those sleepless nights worthwhile, or at least bearable for a bit longer. Maybe your baby smiled at six weeks old, or maybe you might have to wait another month – it’s not an exact science, so don't worry. Read on below to find out more about the developments you might expect to see from your 2 month old baby. Your baby’s senses at two months old Vision Colour differences are becoming clearer to your baby, and they start to distinguish between colours. Your baby will still prefer bright primary colours and clear, bold designs and shapes but they can now see around 60cm from their face. Encourage your baby by showing them bright pictures. Hearing At 2 months old your babies hearing will be becoming a better listener and they will be able to differentiate between voices they’ve heard more frequently. Regularly talking (or singing) to your baby is a great way to get them used to your voice and also a way to sooth and calm them as they become more familiar. Your baby’s motor skills at two months old  Kicking and waving  Your baby’s movements are becoming less jerky and slightly more co-ordinated. They start to love kicking out when lying down, which is great exercise and helps strengthen their legs. They may also wave their little fists in excitement. At least we hope it’s excitement.  Pushing up and rolling  Your baby may have enough neck muscle power to hold their head up for short periods when they’re lying on their tummy or on your shoulder – but not for long. You might find your baby is now rolling around more. They won’t yet be able to fully roll onto their front (although that will come soon!) but you’ll still want to keep an eye on them if you have them elevated e.g. during a nappy change.  Grasping and unclasping  Your baby was born with a grasping reflex, but they don’t yet know how to let go of things – which is why long-haired mums better be prepared for some painful moments. Around now you may notice them unclasping their fists and trying to wave them.  Other 2 month old baby developments  Drooling  They won’t yet be teething, but you might notice that your baby is starting to drool more (and making a bit of a mess!), as their salivary glands develop. Fear not though, their drool actually contains a lot of bacteria killing enzymes so it’s no bad thing to get it on their toys or other surfaces they’re interacting with.  Sleeping  You may find that your baby is beginning to sleep in more solid blocks (of 5 or 6 hours) but at 2 months old, it’s still very common for your baby to be waking up in the middle of the night.  Reading to your baby  They might not be able to follow along just yet, but reading to your baby can help to sooth them, whilst also helping them to become more familiar with your voice. Try varying the tone and intonation of your voice to keep them interested and build a better connection.  First Immunisations  When your baby is 2 months old you’ll be offered the first round of immunisations which includes protection against a range of diseases including: Rotavirus – A highly infectious virus that can cause gastroenteritis in your baby DTaP/IPV/Hib – Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and haemophilus influenza Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) – This protects against pneumococcal infections including pneumonia, meningitis and bronchitis Six-week postnatal check  At around the 6 week mark, both you and your baby will be offered a post-natal check-up. This check up with b to make sure your baby is developing well and is healthy. In this check-up you can expect the nurse to weigh and measure your baby, check their development of hips, heart, genitals and eyes, and also ask you some questions about how they’re feeding.  How to help your baby develop in month two When you’re talking to your baby, give them time to respond to what you are saying with a look or babble. Research shows babies whose parents who allow them to respond  learn to talk earlier This is a great time to introduce a baby gym – they’ll try to bat at the hanging toys, but careful not to overdo it – a five to 10 minute session is enough, and don’t persevere if they cry. Leave it a week or two and try again Lots of mums get embarrassed about talking to their baby and don’t know what on earth to say. One way to get started is to keep up a kind of commentary on what you’re doing, a bit like a Victorian nanny, according to babycare expert Dr Miriam Stoppard. “They would say, ‘now, shall we put our coats on? Now, let’s go out for a walk. That’s right, into the pram we go.’ I think a child should hear words for much of the time they are awake. Babies have a window when they can learn speech, and it’s open from birth” Game of the month  Try playing different types of music and watch your baby kick their legs and listen with intense concentration. If you play a quieter tune you will see them visibly relax (some research says it may even send them to sleep. No promises.) Are they normal? A small note on developmental milestones: it’s really true – all babies are different and although we can encourage them, they will do things at their own pace and in their own time. content source

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Seven-weeks old baby: Health, growth, care and more

At 7 weeks old, your little one is going through a lot of growth and development. Every day might seem to bring new surprises, but here’s what you can expect as a parent of a 7-week-old baby. Your Growing Baby You can expect your 7-week-old baby to continue their plotted development on the growth chart specific to their personal development. At this time, they will: Continue to gain about 1.5 to 2 pounds a month Grow about 10 inches (25 centimeters) between the time of birth and 12 months Have a head circumference that grows at about 2 centimeters a month Despite the fact that your baby is always growing and developing, babies will not always grow at a constant, regular rate. They may instead be more apt to have periods of rapid growth followed by slower growth. So, if it seems like they are moving out of those newborn onesies and into 3-month-old outfits seemingly overnight, it's normal. Developmental Milestones Although every baby is different, your 7-week-old baby should be making the following physical and developmental milestones appropriate for this age. Body Holds objects in their hand. Unlike the reflexive clutching skills that your baby has displayed so far, your little one now has more strength to be able to hold items on their own. Begins to bat at objects. Your baby might not quite be able to grab items out of their reach just yet, but you may notice them start to bat at objects, especially overhead toys, like play mats or swings and bouncer seats with mobiles. Brain After a big growth spurt in week 6, it might feel like your 7-week-old baby is settling down a bit. You may notice more frequent periods of calmness and alertness as they study the world around them. It's not random—they really are learning more each and every moment. Thanks to all of that new brain growth, take note of some of these new skills. Tracking objects or people. Feel like you’re constantly being watched? You are! Your little one is learning to keep eyes on you at all times as they gain the ability to follow objects with their eyes as they move. Test this new skill by holding an object in front of your baby’s eyes, then moving it slowly from side to side or just walk across the room. Your baby will best be able to track items or people moving horizontally; tracking vertical or diagonal movements will come in the next several months. Smiling. Your baby’s first smiles may have occurred last week or will develop this week. As the days go on, your baby will flash more and more smiles your way as they figure out that their smiles lead to mom smiles. Babies love to make you smile and even at this young age, they are figuring out how to get what they want by being adorable.  When to Be Concerned All babies develop at different rates and babies who were born prematurely or who have special needs may have different developmental milestones to meet according to their own timetables. For full-term babies who have no other medical conditions, you will want to talk to your pediatrician at 7 weeks old if your baby: Is not able to hold his or her head up Cannot track horizontal movements Appears to be developing a flat spot on either the back of the head or either side Cannot turn his or her head Baby Care Basics This week is a good time to make tummy time a consistent part of your daily routine if you haven’t done it already. Tummy time is important at this age, especially because your baby has gained the neck muscles necessary to hold up their head, but those muscles may be underutilized if your baby is spending a lot of time on their back. If a baby spends too much time on their back without changing position, they may be at risk for developing positional plagiocephaly, or a flat head. Increasing tummy time can help, but in some cases, it may require a specially fitted helmet for your baby. Without sufficient tummy time, babies may also have delays in other development milestones, such as rolling over, sitting up, and crawling, because the muscles they need are not strong enough. Get started on tummy time with these tips: Work your way up. Start with shorter periods of time, from a few minutes, and work your way up to 10- to 20-minute periods of tummy twice a day. If you haven’t done a lot of tummy time yet, your baby may not like it very much at first. That’s okay—they just need more practice. Remember tummy time doesn’t have to be on the floor. Holding your baby to your chest counts for tummy time, too, because it will still get those muscles working. Use a play mat. Many activity mats and play mats have playful, colorful patterns that your little one can look at and study to make tummy time more fun. Use a pillow. Breastfeeding pillows are especially helpful for tummy time—just be sure you never leave your baby unsupervised around a pillow or on the floor. Get involved! If your little one is resisting tummy time, join in on the fun by getting down on the floor with them. Feeding & Nutrition Your baby may still be experiencing a significant amount of gas at this age. It could be completely normal and your baby will outgrow it, or it could be caused by breast milk or infant formula. If your baby is formula-fed, try experimenting with different types of formula. Your baby’s digestive system may have changed since the newborn days, so it may be worth re-visiting other brands or types of formula that you tried in the past without success. A formula that didn’t work for your baby at 2 weeks may just work at 7 weeks. If your baby is breastfed, think about what you are consuming that may be causing gassiness in your infant. Some common culprits of foods that can lead to your baby getting gas through breast milk include cow's milk and dairy products, vegetables (like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, and peppers), cucumbers, garlic, and chocolate.   Sleep This week also marks a significant sleep milestone for many infants. According to a study in Archives of Disease in Childhood, the peak age for infant fussiness and crying at night is between 5 and 6 weeks. And although your infant probably won't sleep through the night (defined as sleeping longer periods of time, not necessarily a full eight-hour stretch like an adult) until around 13 weeks, you may be moving past the peak age of evening fussiness. Hopefully, that means calmer evenings and an easier time putting your baby to sleep at this age. But be careful to not let the newfound ease make you lax on bedtime routines; it’s still important to be consistent with bedtime and sleep cues so that your baby can learn how to go to sleep on their own. Of course, keep in mind that all babies are different, so your infant might have a longer experience of being fussy, too. content source

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Four-weeks old baby: Health, growth, care and more

At 4 weeks, your baby is almost a month old and you've both gone through an enormous amount of change in a very short period of time. Before you do anything else, give yourself a pat on the back for making it this far and recognise all that you have accomplished since you met your little one. You’ve made it through sleepless nights, struggled through feedings, and learnt to do pretty much any task one-handed. But just like every new week so far, there’s plenty more in store for both of you! Here’s what you need to know about your 4-week-old baby. Developmental Milestones: Some babies will develop a little faster than others and some babies may need time to “catch up.” At 4 weeks old, your baby might be able to: Body Hold their head up for a few minutes Lift hands toward the face or mouth, but it won’t be long before they reach their mouth! Control more head movement, like turning the neck from side to side Make jerky, quivering arm thrusts Keep hands in tight fists Continue strong reflex movements Brain Recognize you, your partner, or family members with widened eyes  See more clearly, up to about 18 inches in front of them Listen intently when you speak or sing Start to coo May turn toward familiar sounds, including your voice. Hearing is fully developed at this stage. Study human faces Baby Care Basics: By four weeks, chances are you’ve become a diaper-changing pro! Whether you are using cloth diapers or disposable diapers, your little one may start experiencing a diaper rash from time to time, especially during the summer months. To help prevent and treat diaper rash: Change your baby’s diaper more frequently: As soon as you notice the diaper is wet or soiled during the day, change it.  Use a diaper rash cream: You can apply a diaper rash cream as a preventive measure, especially if your baby is prone to getting rashes.  Air it out: The best way to prevent and treat diaper rash is to let your baby go all-natural.    If your baby seems excessively uncomfortable, especially after a feeding, they may be experiencing gas. Try these helpful tips: Burp after feedings: Be sure to burp your baby from the bottom upward to facilitate the air movement. Switching formulas: Your infant may need to change formulas several times before finding one that works best for their digestive system. Change bottles: Bottles and nipples are all made differently, so it might be helpful to try several types of bottles and nipples that have different kinds of airflow to experiment with what reduces gas in your little one. Health & Safety At 4 weeks old, your baby will have another well-child check-up. At this visit, the pediatrician will evaluate your baby’s growth and development and go over important safety guidelines with you. You can expect to be asked about: Your home environment: If you smoke, you should quit to reduce the risk of SIDS and increase your baby’s health. No smoke or secondhand smoke should be around the baby. Car seat safety: At 4 weeks old, your infant should be in a rear-facing infant seat. Vaccines: The second dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine may also be administered at this visit. Content source Featured image source

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Games for newborn babies  

0-3 Month Old Games Motor Games and Activities Place baby on their tummy to play for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day Lie down and place baby tummy down on your chest so you’re face-to-face Hold baby’s hands and clap them together while you play music and sing Nestle baby close to you while you gently rock and sway Change the direction that baby sleeps to encourage head turning and build strength Sensory Games and Activities Hang a colorful mobile above baby’s crib to provide visual stimulation Gently touch and tickle baby to make them giggle Play with baby in a variety of positions Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with a parent or caregiver Smile at baby, touch her hands, feet and forehead. See how she wiggles, reacts to touch and voices Play or sing songs with baby to help enhance baby’s listening skills When changing baby’s diaper touch different body parts and say “beep” baby may begin watching your hand and anticipating touch. Hang a mirror on the wall. Tap the mirror and say baby’s name. Over time baby will begin to understand who the baby in the mirror is. Show baby family photos or flip through a magazine. Point out the smiling faces to baby Communication Games and Activities Speak in a high-pitched, sing-song voice to help get and keep baby’s attention while you talk Describe your actions as you dress, feed, and bathe your child. Talk about where you’re going and what you’re doing. Give baby frequent face-to-face time Shake a rattle up and down while singing to baby Show pictures of family and friends and point out smiling faces Hold up a doll or stuffed animal and point out the different body parts  Feeding Games and Activities   4-6 Month Old Games   Motor Games and Activities Place baby on their tummy to play in short spurts for up to an hour over the course of the day Place baby tummy down on a blanket and move the blanket slowly around the room Allow baby to explore age appropriate toys with their mouth and tongue (be sure that the toys are large enough so that baby does not risk choking) Encourage baby to practice repeated rolling from back to tummy. Place toys around to encourage pivoting Sensory Games and Activities Encourage baby to touch fabric with different textures such as wool, corduroy, and velvet Lift baby up and down and play in different positions to help develop their sense of movement and balance Find balls with different textures and colors. Teach baby how to roll, drop, and bounce them. Communication Games and Activities Play peek-a-boo Use a variety of facial expressions while you talk Read with baby. “Reading” can simply mean describing pictures without following the written words. Encourage two-way communication. When baby coos or babbles, be sure to respond and take turns in “conversation”. Play with rhymes and songs Encourage baby to play with toys that make sounds Feeding Games and Activities Collect a variety of scents (flowers, spices, cookies) and pass them under baby’s nose one at a time to see what kinds of smells they prefer 7-9 Month Old Games Motor Games and Activities Put a toy or book inside an empty cardboard box. Wrap it with colorful paper or newspaper comics. Clap your hands when baby yanks it open then announce what is inside. Encourage movement by placing toys around baby where they must move to reach them Encourage baby pushups during Tummy Time by raising and lowering a rattle over baby’s head Engage baby in activities like reading or playing with a ball while in sitting Gently push baby back and forth on a swing in the park, but make sure baby can sit up and hold head steady with no problem When baby is holding a toy in each hand offer a third toy; watch as baby figures out how to grasp the new toy without letting go of the other two Punch holes in lid of empty food container and fill with water to make a fun bath time toy Get an empty plastic bucket and have baby throw toys into it Use different household items , like squeeze toys or newspapers to make different noises for baby Sensory Games and Activities Use your hands to make shadow puppets for baby Gently touch baby on the feet and tummy to make them giggle Play with a jack in the box or windup toy with baby to show motion Use animal sounds when playing with or reading to baby; point out an image of an animal then associate the sound that animal makes with the picture Walk with baby in a carrier or baby backpack Play with baby in many different positions Take baby on a walk in a stroller or jogger Use slow, rocking motions for calming and more vigorous motions for play time Give baby space to explore environment, while staying close to supervise Introduce new textures while baby is eating, sleeping, dressing, or playing outdoors, use a variety of sponges, soaps, and lotions during bath time Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with a parent or caregiver Encourage baby to play on the floor with toys of various colors, sizes, and shapes Allow baby to grab and explore items within reach Communication Games and Activities Draw a picture of baby’s face and then point out the different parts Play with a pretend phone; talk into phone as you would a regular call, then offer it to baby to do the same Read short stories with baby Start using hand movements along with associated words to teach baby to communicate with gestures Describe your actions throughout the day as you dress, feed, and bathe baby. This gives baby an opportunity to listen to the sounds and rhythms of speech Respond to baby’s sounds and encourage two-way communication Play music throughout the day – lively, upbeat music during playtime, and quiet melodic music for naps and bedtime Read picture books together to help baby connect words and images Give baby frequent face time Point out objects while you walk and talk with baby Feeding Games and Activities Try introducing pureed foods to baby. Puree a small amount of whatever you are having for dinner in a food processor, but be sure to avoid honey, cow’s milk, salt, and artificial sweeteners Introduce new foods gradually and watch for baby’s response Do not force food or show stress over a baby’s dislike for certain foods Change the texture of food if baby refuses food Provide baby with a healthy diet – avoid artificial ingredients, sugars, and preservatives 10-12 Month Old Games Motor Games and Activities Get baby to stack toys such as blocks or rings and describe each toy as your baby picks it up Lie down on the floor and have baby crawl over you Practice new gestures with baby like blowing kisses, clapping hands, or giving a high five Use a toy to encourage baby to crawl when they are in a tummy time position Roll a soft ball across the floor and encourage baby to crawl after it Allow baby to play with toys they can push or pull across the floor Read with baby while they lie on their tummy Play with stackable blocks Let baby play with large objects like tunnels, pillows, or cushions while supervised If baby is already walking, let them try riding toys that they can sit on and scoot across the floor Provide push toys that allow baby to practice walking with some support Encourage baby to dance and sway to music Provide opportunities for baby to experience slow, rocking movements Sensory Games and Activities Play peek-a-boo with baby Have baby look at their reflection in the mirror and point out each body part Encourage baby to crawl over, under, and through various objects in your home Introduce baby to new textures through food, toys, clothes, sponges, etc. Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with caregivers Keep baby away from areas where people are smoking or using harsh chemicals Communication Games and Activities Practice waving bye-bye when a guest leaves your home Read daily from big, colorful books and let baby turn the pages Encourage baby to wave hello when meeting new people Ask baby to point to different body parts when you name them Ask baby questions and encourage response with words, baby sounds, cooing, or babbling. Record the conversation and play it back for baby to hear Direct baby’s attention to interesting objects by helping them point their finger Name textures, shapes, and sizes to help baby attach words to tactile experiences Describe your actions throughout the day as you dress, feed, and bathe baby Respond to baby’s sounds to encourage two-way communication Feeding Games and Activities Offer baby an assortment of food to try Keep track of where baby is in their feeding development, well meaning friends and family may give baby food inappropriate for their age  

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