If you think that I am going to discuss something very intellectual here, then you are absolutely wrong. I understand that every mother loves to see her baby learn new things and it is indeed a pleasure to get surprised every now and then at the new tricks that the baby has unknowingly learn. But believe me, all this learning is not a hardcore intellectual process as many of us would love to believe. It is in fact the simple things that you do as a mother which gradually enables your baby to become smarter and smarter. Have a look!
Mother and baby bonding
If the brain does not feel safe, it will not be able to learn, and who can make a baby feel safer than a mother? So, as a mother it is vital to ensure that a sense of security is ingrained in your baby. The best way to build that sense of safety is to go for skin-to-skin contact with your baby along with talking to the baby.
This activity, although seemingly easy might be quite tough for a new mom who is fighting sleep deprivation and a kind of social isolation, arising out of the new found status of being a mother. These are emotional moments, as you hold the baby in your arms, hug it and let it realize that you are there to take care.
To tide over such situation and ensure consistent bonding with the baby, your partner’s help is the ultimate necessity. Remember, that although babies are incapable of understanding the words, they have the power to feel the emotions in their own way.
Talking with the baby
If you want somebody to lend an ear to what you have to say, I must say that your baby is the best person to do that. The thing is, you must talk to your baby a lot. This is because the brain is always seeking a pattern, and so the more your little one hears the patterns of language, the more convenient it would be to learn a language.
Now, what should you tell your baby? Well, for that matter, anything! You may simply narrate your experience of the entire day, which will definitely constitute a diverse vocabulary. Be loud enough and take care of the tone of your voice- what you say should be in high pitch and every sound ought to be distinct.
Investing in face time
Believe it or not, babies can recognize the facial expression of their parents by around 3 to 4 months of age and by the time they reach 5 months, they can even understand emotions from the face of an unfamiliar person. Within 7 to 9 months, babies are smart enough to read the faces of monkeys and dogs.
So, if you are fond of making different expressions at your lovely little one, do not stop doing it because these facial expressions are the foundation of powerful verbal communication skills.