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DEVELOPMENT / activities with the child (4 months)

Practical tips

Love to watch sitting: Baby likes to look at the world from different sides. (In a sitting position it is easier for him to talk with mom and dad and watch their movements.) Every day briefly put the baby so he could have something to lean on. Use the child seat or high chair. When the child learns to balance, it can be planted on the floor and surrounded by pillows.

Flat surface: Place baby on a firm, level surface, put on very easily, and let him some time to play. The clothes does not impede the movements, and this allows him to do gymnastics.

Learning to reach out: Put the baby in the child seat and hang in front of him on the rope a few interesting toys. He wants to reach out and grab them. Attach to a crib or a riding-school suspension device (suspension) with toys. The child will be especially happy if toys will produce noise.

Learn to miss: the Child improves their grasping skills and at the same time learns to reach for toys. Keep in reserve rattles of different sizes to help him practice. Touch rattle first to the left, then to the right hand of the baby. Bring a toy close to the child and let him grab her. Raise it high, then zoom in to the child and move again. As the child learns to grasp, it improves the coordination of eyes and hands.

Swing doors: for children of this age it is good to arrange the swing, hanging them to the door frame. The child is already strong enough to sit on the swings, but still not able to get out of them. Your baby will probably swing back and forth, simultaneously talking to you.


Now, when your baby is awake most of the day, try to ensure that he had the opportunity to play not only with toys, but people as well. Both are important for the development of the baby.

New discoveries

Play hide and seek: Play with your child hide and seek. Try first to close his eyes with his hands, then his. Cover your head with a blanket and look out, shouting "Ay-OO-OO!" The baby will surely enjoy both games.

With rolling hills toy: Build in playpen small cardboard slide. Show the child how rolling with her toy on wheels. This lesson will be for him the first example of a cause-and-effect relationships between phenomena.

The observation bubble: Your child still likes to watch how slowly floating in the air bubbles. When the child will be in the Walker, show him how to blow bubbles. The baby will be enthusiastically scream, watching this process.

Record on tape the voice of the child: tape babbling her baby and give it a listen. Note also the voice of mom and dad and let them listen to the child. Watch will respond your baby, seeing that your voice is coming from a tape recorder.

Socks with a bright pattern: Now the child with interest explores parts of your body. Put him on the leg bright socks. First, the baby will just have to look at his leg, but after a while will grab it. For a child this event will be a great victory.

Cloth ball: make a ball, cut out from a fabric of the several strips, each having a length of 8 centimeters. Tie them together and wrap on top of another ribbon. Your child will love to keep the ball in his hands and feel different fabric. In addition, baby-goods stores sell fun fabric balls with a bell inside.

Development coordination

Will posites with your baby: it's Time with the baby a bit to compete and to Tinker. Take your baby for a belt, lift, throw up, then push down and hold in a standing position.

New perspectives: Place the child on the Mat face down and slip under the pillow. This exercise strengthens the muscles of the neck and hands.

A small frog: Put your baby on his stomach and repeat with him the following exercise: bend his knees, straighten your knees and spread his legs apart, connect the legs together. By doing exercises, you can hum a little song.

A rolled blanket: Lay on the grass blanket and lay it on its edge baby belly down. Take a blanket for the ends and gently lift to help the baby to roll over from belly to back. For taking the effort will reward him with a kiss and big hugs.

Raise the arms up and lower down: Raise your hands baby up and down, crossed and then spread them apart. Making exercise more, sing a little song.

Toys that are hard to reach: If your child learned to walk, crawling or creeping and Erza, put toys so that he couldn't get them. Soon the baby will understand that in order to get a toy, it is necessary not only to arrest, but to reach it. Do not disappoint him. If the child will not be able to reach the toys for a few seconds, put it next to him.

Do exercises, singing the song: Lay your baby on his back and singing, make the baby a circular motion. Then raise and lower the hands the baby. Next, take the child's side and gently rotate first in one direction, then in another. Keep repeating movement, singing the same tune, but with other words. Then gently push hands the baby on the tummy, then gently lift his legs and shake them. Continue to sing kid songs that were sung before. Remember that the child loves both new and familiar songs.

Decision making

Two toys: In each arm of the child put the toy, which can squeak. This is the best fit rubber toys that your baby can easily compress them. Watch, will he look at his hand, which emits a squeak. When the baby gets older, he will learn to compress both toys at the same time.

Bracelet with scarf: Attach plastic ring bright silk scarf and tie it around the arms of the chair. The child will be grabbing for the ring and watch as the scarf moves up and down. Soon he will find other ways to force to move the scarf.

Chain ring: Make a chain by linking together several rings for curtains. Hang it above a cot or on the back of a chair, so that the baby could to reach it. After some time, he will find that if you pull the chain, the rings will be stukalisa each other and ring. This will give your baby a great pleasure.

Everyday things

Time dressing/bath time

Double rattle: Tie a ribbon for a thin part two rattles, giving them the form of dumbbells, so that the distance between them was about 10 centimeters. Let the child in the hand of one of the rattles. The baby will try to grab the second rattle, and it will distract him while you change clothes.

Strengthen the muscles of the back and belly When the baby is lying naked on the changing table, carefully slide the nail on the stomach. Watch how reduced at the same muscle. Turn the child on his stomach and slide nails along the back. The baby arches back and lift your head.

Massage with powder: After bathing, gently populate body baby baby powder. During the massage, gently talk to him. It will be better if you put a little powder on the palm of your hand and then wipe their baby than to pour it directly on the child's body. This is to protect the baby from inhaling the powder.

Feeding time

Show spoon: If your child begins to eat solid food before you feed him with a spoon, show it to your baby.

Exercises for the lips and tongue: Put some food on the lips of the child. When the baby tries to lick her, he will stick his tongue as if was going to pronounce any sound.

The holidays

Favorite toy: Put in a cot with a soft doll or toy animal. Always try to put the same toy. Gradually in the consciousness of the child is established link between the doll and bedtime.

Beneath the rocking chair: with the child beneath the rocking chair. This will be a wonderful holiday for you and for your baby.

Lullaby: the Children really like the soothing rhythm of a lullaby songs. Sing to the child the same song, putting it to sleep after feeding and at night. The baby will get used to a lullaby, and it will become for him a kind of pleasant bedtime ritual.


Marilyn Segal "Child's play from birth to one year"

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