Have fun with your baby (from 7 to 12 months old) performing early stimulation exercises
During the first four years of life, your little one’s brain has the capacity to easily absorb all of the visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory information it’s exposed to, so it’s highly recommendable to make the most of this period.
An excellent option for supporting your baby’s learning is early stimulation. This teaching method will help strengthen your baby’s body while also aiding in his or her mental and emotional development. You can choose from a variety of early stimulation techniques, which you can practice at home or in a specialized center. Here are some different types of early stimulation you can perform:
- Gross motor stimulation will help your baby develop movement and balance in his or her legs, arms, head and trunk.
- Fine motor stimulation will help your baby develop hand coordination and skills.
- Language stimulation will help your baby develop speech by communicating with you.
- Social and affective stimulation will teach your baby to express his or her emotions.
If you decide to perform these stimulation exercises at home, we recommend setting up a room for this purpose. It should be colorful and decorated with geometric figures, numbers, the alphabet, little animals and plenty of brightly colored mats and pillows. You should always set the mood with children’s music or classical music.
Remember that a baby’s development is directly related to its age, so it’s important for the activities you choose to be the most appropriate ones for each stage of your baby’s life. Below, you’ll find some useful guidelines:
Early stimulation for infants from 7 to 12 months of age
Gross motor stimulation
- If your baby hasn’t started crawling yet, place him or her face down with a pillow under the chest and tummy. You can then show your little one how to use his or her arms and legs to make crawling movements.
- Show your baby interesting toys so he or she can grab them.
- Teach your baby to stand by kneeling first. Your little one can then use you for support as you lift him or her up little by little.
- When your baby tries to walk, hold both hands. As his or her balance improves, let go of one hand and then the other.
- Stand your baby up and encourage him or her to walk.
Fine motor stimulation
- Teach your baby to clasp his or her hands.
- Place a different object in each one of your baby’s hands and teach him or her to bang the objects together.
- Encourage your baby to pick up small toys using his or her thumb and index finger.
- Give your baby a large ball and teach him or her how to throw it.
- Let your baby eat on his or her own.
- Place a plastic spoon in your baby’s hand and let him or her imitate you eating.
- Give your baby pieces of paper to wad up, always making sure that he or she doesn’t try to eat them.
- When you want to tell your baby not to do something, explain why using words and gestures.
- Practice short words like “take” and “give” with your baby.
- Take your baby outside to hear different sounds. Clearly name any objects that get his or her attention.
- While your baby’s eating, name the foods.
- When your baby says new words, repeat them and congratulate him or her.
- Respond to your baby’s babbling like a conversation.
- Always talk to your baby clearly without changing the words or using baby talk.
- Teach your baby different animal sounds.
- Show your baby the various parts of the body while you bathe him or her.
- Hide a toy under your baby’s blanket and encourage him or her to look for it.
- Show your baby how to wave hello and goodbye.
- Show your baby how to give you objects and then thank him or her.
- Take your baby to play with other children.
- Teach your baby activities like hand washing.
- Teach your baby how to organize his or her toys.