Babies learn through sight and touch. Help him explore by keeping the world within his grasp.
Set physical challenges for your baby to solve. It will also stimulate her cognitive development.
How do infants learn? By stimulation of the five senses.
Provide variety in your child’s life to promote brain growth.
Ease your baby's transition to bedtime.
Enrich your baby's observation skills with rotating visual experiences.
Find out why you should respect and treasure your child’s play, even if you don’t understand it.
Is the “oh-oh” game driving you crazy? Your baby genius is actually discovering Newton's 3rd Law of Motion.
This learning tip can be done anywhere to keep your baby busy—and busy learning.
Learn how to help your child build problem solving skills through playtime fun.
Is every animal your baby sees a doggie? She will quickly learn to discern differences and similarities.
Support your child as she begins to make sense of the world.
Help your baby develop a sense of sequence and establish routines.
This ubiquitous method of soothing babies (and most children!) tends to have repetitive words and melodies, making them easy to transmit from generation to generation.
Babies cry. What to do? Over the years, pediatricians have advocated various responses, including letting them just cry it out. Will picking your baby up when he cries spoil him?
Several decades ago, Jill and Peter de Villiers wrote a book on language acquisition that described interactions between mothers and their infants as a dance.
Your baby has been happy to be passed from grandma to your sister to the new sitter without much fuss. But, now, all of a sudden, she clings to you like there’s no tomorrow. What’s up?
Peek-a-boo engages and entertains babies while teaching them much about the world. Your baby learns to predict a regular pattern—that you’ll come back!
Tap out rhythms on your child's body as you listen to music together.
Let your baby play with her food!
Play develops creativity and language skills--and it's fun!
Play with your voice to show your baby the difference between loud & soft and high-pitched & low-pitched sounds.
Reading or reciting nursery rhymes introduces babies to the rhythm of language. Long before your baby can utter a word, much less rhyme words, he can listen to rhymes and start to internalize the patterns in language. And babies love predictable language, which explains why you’ll tire of a rhyme long before he does!
Encourage your child's speech development.
Help your child's vocabulary grow.
Is your baby chewing, not reading, his books? Find out why you should still read to him everyday.
Talking to your baby helps her learn to speak.
Playing echo games will get your child ready to say real words.
Babies love to hear the same story over and over again, and they learn from repetition.
Help your baby understand the many uses of language and speech.
Make conversation of coos and giggles.
Not too long ago, young babies were described as having few competencies at birth. We now know that they are capable of so much! Newborns can distinguish sounds such as those in repeated syllables (like the da in da-da-da) or in words without repeated syllables (like the word sister).
Common nursery rhymes provide opportunities for your baby to pick up new vocabulary.
Start reading to your child from day one and you'll accumulate hundreds of hours of literacy experience by kindergarten!
Teachable moments are unexpected opportunities for learning. Learn to spot them while on the go.
Learn which words and behaviors can help lay a foundation for learning math later in life.
Learn how to incorporate math into everyday activities.
Bring numbers into your baby’s world by counting the steps as you carry her up them.
Stimulate your baby’s observation skills by providing mobiles and pictures with patterns and color. The purpose is not to teach the child color names but to enrich her with interesting experiences. Change the items from time to time.
Baby Learning Tip
Read It Again! Babies love to hear the same story over and over again. But they can also learn based on the consistent and predictable pattern they hear in your repetition from day to day. Your lap, your voice and your time together are what matter most.
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