Use a flashlight to stimulate baby's senses and strengthen muscles.
Encourage your child to cross his midline by moving a toy that he is reaching for.
Make a do-it-yourself meal by giving baby foods she can practice picking up herself.
Get out the pots and pans (and ear plugs) and watch your baby discover cause and effect by making noise.
Make faces in the mirror with your baby and name the emotion you’re showing.
Hide a musical toy for your baby and watch her search for it.
Hide your baby’s favorite stuffed animal under a blanket while she watches you.
Use this baby favorite to explore "object permanence."
Allowing your baby to play with toys and objects helps him begin to learn how things work and that objects have different shapes, colors and textures.
Hang a mirror at your child's level and talk to him about the image.
Show your baby that she can use tools to solve problems.
Help your baby learn about sizes by talking to him about objects around the house.
Help your baby build strong muscles and improve balance.
This activity hones your baby’s listening skills, and it will help her distinguish the difference between musical instruments later.
Playing finger or hand games helps your baby make logical connections between action and reaction.
Introduce your baby to the different parts of the body using a doll or stuffed animal.
Children around the world sing various words set to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (including the Alphabet Song). Download this world-famous song from Scout’s online library and use the lyrics to help you do the finger play for your baby—soon she’ll be trying it too!
Understanding the sequence of the day and what comes next helps babies feel safe and secure. Try this activity with your baby to get your morning in motion.
Baths, books and lullabies are all useful bedtime routines. But sooner or later, your child will need to learn the techniques for soothing herself to sleep.
Play games with your baby to develop skills and build muscles.
From the time they are in the crib, boys and girls demonstrate differences in their learning styles. Discover these differences in learning styles and how to identify your own child’s preferred style of learning.
While it's uncertain whether listening to Mozart will increase your child’s IQ, early exposure and active involvement with music will increase your child’s "musical intelligence."
Babies develop quickly—the pace of their learning is truly amazing. This article provides an overview of the key areas of infant learning, broken down to help you understand your child's development process.
The early wiring of your baby’s brain sets the stage for future development. Here are some tips to enrich your child's early experiences.
Use these criteria to help select a good toy for your child.
Here are some suggested tips for bedtime routines to help your child wind down at the end of the day.
At no other time in her life will your baby develop as quickly as she does now! You have a unique opportunity to influence her brain development and help her reach her full learning potential.
Though most parents are clued in to their child's physical and intellectual development, misconceptions prevail on their social and emotional milestones.
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!
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