During the first few months of your baby's life, your baby will be learning through interacting from you. Questions may rise from parents on when to interact, how to interact, and what is considered as too much stimulation?
The interaction in the early stages of your little one's life will be through play (mostly during their waking hours).
How? Below is a list of simple activities you can do to teach your child and encourage communication, awareness of their surrounding, and movement.
- Facial expressions: simply smiling or producing any facial expression. This would give your child something to imitate.
- Tummy time: lying on the tummy can greatly help with movement through strengthening the back muscles of your baby.
- Talk to your baby: respond to their sounds, read them a story, or sing to them.
- Use stimulating toys: especially high contrast toys and mobiles. Choosing the appropriate toys for your baby's age is essential to providing them with the appropriate stimulation.
What are the signs that your baby is overstimulated?
- Crying loudly
- Moving in a jerky or fussy way
- Acting cranky
- Clenching their fists
How do you avoid overstimulation?
When your baby is overstimulated, the first thing you should do is to take them out of the situation that is causing it. Move your baby a quiet, dimmer space. You can also wrap them lightly. If you're out, holding them close to you with slight movements can help them retain their balance.