The first three years of a child's life are amongst the most important. Self-esteem and confidence are built and social interactions are learnt. A baby has an incredibly hard job being busy all the time. As parents, grandparents and carers, we have to support them in every way possible.
A baby's development is determined equally by both its genes and its environment. In order to flourish your baby needs to feel welcomed and loved. When your baby decides to crawl into another room to follow mummy's voice and finds her, the task is a success of baby's own doing. A parent's job is to be patient, make sure baby is aware of the limits and to not let themselves get wrapped around those baby fingers!
One of the aims of the exercises is to support the development of your baby's self-esteem. Baby will have a sense of pride when she realises that ‘I can do this all by myself’. Your role is to show baby how things are achieved and give her a helping hand and support until she can do it for herself.
Games and exercises are important to help your baby's motor skills, senses and personality. By playing along with baby you also develop a strong relationship which should last a lifetime.
With all the games and play time it is important for your baby to be motivated. Playtime should be part of your daily routine, 20 minutes is a good length for both you and baby to stay concentrated on your play.
Tina Rychlik is the proud mother of two, and the owner of BabysBest.co.uk, an online store dedicated to the preservation of our children's health. Offering only organic and all natural baby products, you can find guidelines and advice for baby and their parents by visiting http://www.babysbest.co.uk