Strengthen the bonds with your baby (from 0 to 3 months old) and encourage proper development with these 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 0 to 3 months of age
- Give your baby gentle massages on the back, abdomen, arms and legs, as this will aid in muscular development.
- Open your baby’s hands and massage the palms and fingers, as well as the soles of his or her feet.
Vision and hearing
- Play music featuring different musical instruments.
- Talk to your baby while looking him or her in the face.
- Carry your baby to places with different colors of light.
- Imitate all of the sounds your baby makes and speak to him or her clearly.
- Hold your baby close and sing to him or her.
- When speaking to your baby, you should always use a soft, loving tone of voice.
- Kiss your baby frequently.
- Always smile at your baby.