Category Archives: Bonding

5 R’s of Healthy Brain Development

The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child has found that babies brains make over one million new connections per second! That is so many new connections that their brain will literally double in weight in the first year. There are many concepts that go into healthy brain development, but there are five key ingredients...

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Narrate For Your Baby

Talk to her while you run errands, shop, drive, ride the bus, go for a walk. Narrate what you are doing and explain what you see. Ask her questions and engage her. Point out colors, shapes, animals, objects, and people. Don’t worry about what people think about you talking to a tiny baby. Know that...

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Interactions Through Vision Exercises

  She is very alert and aware of her surroundings. Let’s use her growing acute sense of vision to teach her about her world and engage her. As her distance vision comes into clearer focus, try these activities: Blow bubbles-encourage her to watch the bubbles as they float away. Can she keep her eyes on...

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Conversational Turns

  Some studies suggest that babies understand the pause and flow of a conversation as early as three weeks. Pay close attention to your baby when you are having a conversation with someone. Does she look from you to the other person when you pause, anticipating the other person to talk next? When you talk...

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Object Permanence

  Play is great fun, but structured play teaches your baby about the world and it is a great way for your baby to learn some early STEM skills. Object Permanence Games: Play peek a boo Hide toys under blanket or scarves and help your baby find them Play with toys that hide such as...

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Guiding Principles of Early Learning and Attachment

A recent study out of Amsterdam (UvA) tells us that parents’ level of sensitivity and the degree to which the parent is attuned to the baby’s thoughts and feelings plays a huge roll in infant-parent attachment. “Children who feel securely attached are, among other things, better at regulating their emotions, have higher self-esteem, and exhibit...

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How to fully engage your baby in the book

Tips for reading to your baby: Engage him in the book by singing the words. Get on his level so you are face to face while reading. Use expression and different voices and make faces while you read. You don’t have to read the words. You can describe the pictures. Ask him questions while you...

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Include Baby in the Conversation

Studies show that babies understand the pause and flow of a conversation as early as three weeks. They will look from one speaker to the other when the first speaker pauses. Engage your baby even more by making eye contact with him and occasionally speaking to him during a conversation with someone else. This will...

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Connecting With Your Baby

When you enter the room and see your baby for the first time of the day, greet her like a long lost friend! Show her how happy you are to see her. Use your voice inflection and body language to show that you love her and that you missed her while you were apart. She...

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