5 ways to stimulate a baby.

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My youngest just turned 5 months old and is such a treat to watch.

The smallest of things intrigue her.

Music calms her. Colors excite her. Certain foods bring out the raspberries with full blown force, so yes, this Mama is always prepared!

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I recognize the need to stimulate her…

to encourage her to continue to want to explore, learn, absorb and take in all that is around her.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort but just a conscious step towards taking that learning journey with her.

5 ways to stimulate a baby- Mommy Snippets

5 ways to stimulate a baby.

 

1. Talk and sing to your baby often. Use intonations in your speech to grab her attention. Sing to her even if you don’t sound like an Emmy award winner! Listening to you encourages her to pay attention, mimic the way your mouth moves and gently nudges her towards that wonderful stage of babbling.

2. Allow lots of tummy time. Yes, holding, carrying and cuddling your baby is important but tummy time is just as important. It helps her take notice of things around her, at her level, and slowly encourages her to roll over, reach forward, creep and eventually crawl.

3. Surround her world with color. Place colorful toys around her. Use colorful mats/sheets for tummy time and colorful bath toys during bath time. Choose colorful feeding bottles and utensils to add that splash of color.

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4. Play with her. Games that involve patting her hands, tickling her toes, touching her tummy, are always great to grasp her attention and over time get her to coo, smile and giggle. Some of our favorite games include Peek-A-Boo, Round And Round The Garden and This Little Piggy. Show her musical toys and baby books that sharpen visual keenness like Baby’s First Book Blocks.

My little one grabs these mini sized board books and flips a few pages before attempting to teethe on the ends! The bright colors and patterns do hold her attention for a while.

My little one grabs these mini sized board books and flips a few pages before attempting to teethe on the ends! The bright colors and patterns do hold her attention for a while.

5. Take your baby out. You don’t have to go far, just step out into the backyard. Spending some time outdoors listening to the birds sing, enjoying the wind kiss her cheeks, basking in a little sunlight and just allowing her to breathe in the fresh air, does a world of good. You will see her curiosity heighten as the days roll on.

 

Do you have any tips to add?

About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 8 year old daughter, a 4 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 6 month old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

What tides her through each day?...A hot cup of cardamom chai and Philippians 4:13!

Comments

  1. 1

    These are all great tips. We often forget that stimulation doesn’t have to be a big plan. It’s just promoting exploration and interaction. It’s these simple things that will help your baby grow and develop.

  2. 2

    Great tips! I love babies and trying to get their attention. It’s so great to watch them learn and grow.

  3. 3

    I made sure that my daughter had all the tummy time she could stand and then some. There’s nothing better to keep a baby engaged than putting them on the floor and letting them roam around.

  4. 4

    Those are great tips. I love to sing to babies. They don’t mind if your a little off key.

  5. 5

    There was certainly no lack of curiosity with my niece and nephew. Tummy time was more like “get that out of his/her mouth!” time. =D

  6. 6

    Taking your baby out is so important, in my opinion! My oldest loved going out and seeing new things- birds, the grass, whatever. It overstimulated my son easily, though. We had to limit his outdoor time!

  7. 7

    I did most of those with my guys when they were babies. I miss that age.

  8. 8

    These are all such great ideas. Babies are so fun to “play” with!

  9. 9

    All great tips! My son is still a huge fan of music and we have loads of colorful toys.

  10. 10

    Tummy time and sunshine always kept my guy busy. This is a great list for new moms!

  11. 11

    Great tips, I talked and talked, all the time. Singing and playing. Fun times, but with it all, they are learning!

  12. 12

    What a fun age. I do miss when mine were this tiny!

  13. 13

    I remember those days! I miss having a baby, but I can wait till grandparenthood! Thanks for this cute article,
    Mitch

  14. 14

    I can’t carry a tune, so I almost never sang to my kids. But I did the rest!

  15. 15

    I like to keep my babe involved. I always talk to her and tell her what’s going on. While I don’t have specific plans to keep a baby stimulated, I think just making sure you’re interacting is the most important thing you can do.

  16. 16

    Sharing your post with a good friend that has a 6 month old – I am positive she will enjoy your post

  17. 17

    My kids loved to go out and just take walks. They also loved to play with teething toys and anything that made noise.

  18. 18

    Those are fabulous tips! My babies always loved when I talked and sang to them! They still love when I sing to them YEARS later. It makes an impact.

  19. 19

    Awe, I miss my son being 5 months old. My son used to love tummy time so much!

  20. 20

    Love your tips on stimulating the baby :) Tummy time is so important. I think it is good to have the around others as well!

  21. 21

    Love the pictures! This is a great list of ways on how to stimulate your baby!

  22. 22
    Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are all fantastic tips. I used to sing and talk to my kids all the time. Watching the expression on their faces was priceless.

  23. 23

    Massages are another great stimulation. It’s also a great relaxer at bedtime too!

  24. 24

    I think talking to your baby is a great way to stimulate their minds! Also, letting them play with their food and experience different textures is fun!

  25. 25

    Awwww sooo cute! I miss this age! They are just absorbing everything around them – sight and sound. Thanks for the great tips for helping baby to explore the world!

  26. 26

    These are all wonderful ways to stimulate your baby! I think it’s very important to stimulate your baby for their development.

  27. 27

    I think talking to your baby and signing is very important. I would sing even though I didn’t do it well.

  28. 28
    Maria Oller says:

    my baby is still in the bump but we talk and I sing to her a lot so does my hubby he love to serenade our princess and read fairy tales he did it with our older and they both love music and reading too

  29. 30

    Lots of talking is important… and I might add that reducing background noise is important too – as much as you want to expose children to music/CDs, it’s important to have quiet so babies can focus on the sound of your voice and your words and not have to filter out other noises. Just a small tip that we often don’t think about b/c our adult brains have grown used to filtering! :)

  30. 32

    Talk and sing- but leave out the baby talk! It is important for them to hear how our phrasing is meant to be. Sweet voice is good- but too much goo goo gah gah stuff might not be super great! *source- experience and our pediatrician

    • 33

      I agree!! We never did the baby goo goo gah gah chatter with my now 8 yr old, 4 yr old and the youngest.Definitely helps to talk normally ;)

  31. 34

    Great tips,My kids loved being outdoor and when we were watching animals,I think that is why my oldest son loves nature so much now.

  32. 35

    Your daughter is adorable! I agree, I think it is always, always important to play with your child!

  33. 36

    These are some wonderful tips. I would talk and sing to my daughter all the time, she really would take to it.

  34. 37

    These are really great tips. I am going to pass this post along to my cousin who just had a baby.

  35. 38

    I love these ideas! Sometimes you just don’t think about these things. I will pass this along too, my best friend is about to have her first baby!

  36. 39

    my youngest is now 4 months old. I just love watching them grow and be interested in everything around them. From personal experience, I can say that these are all some great tips!

  37. 40

    My little girl loved all of these things, I would say just talk to them as well. Read them books and talk them through what you are doing. It seems silly but they love it!

  38. 41

    Taking the baby is out is such a big thing. The sooner parents start taking the baby out the sooner s/he can get used to the sights, sounds and overall stimulation.

  39. 42

    talk to them sing to them. they love any and all interaction. I miss having one so little.

  40. 43

    That’s such a fun age! Great tips, too!

  41. 44

    Great tips! All very good and true!

  42. 45

    I agree you don’t have to go far to take baby out. I used to take my youngest right out on the front porch and he’d be amazed. He just loved it!

  43. 46

    We are big Tommee Tippee users too. My baby enjoys music as well.

  44. 47

    I miss when my babies were that small. Everything stimulated them!

  45. 48

    i miss that age. good thing i have friends with little ones to satisfy the urge.

  46. 49

    Going outside is always a good idea to show your child new things! My son loves to play outside.

  47. 50

    Great tips! Sometimes I miss having a small baby. They get big so fast!

  48. 51

    These are really good tips. They will definitely come in handy for new moms. Thanks for sharing.

  49. 52

    Such sweet ideas! Saving this for when we have kids!

  50. 53

    Awwww I remember when my kids were 5 months old. That was many many years ago

  51. 54

    Awwww I love seeing babies! I used to sing to all three kids when they were babies. I loved that time with them!

  52. 55

    These are all great tips for stimulating a baby. When my son was younger a simple walk outside was such a treat for him. He still loves taking walks now that he’s an older boy.

  53. 56

    I love talking and singing and bouncing/dancing with babies. They always seem to love it and relax and just listen (or go to sleep).

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