How your 1-month-old might play now

    • Your baby can see objects 8-10 inches away but can't make out details or the full color spectrum
    • He follows objects slowly with his eyes over very short distances
    • She mimics simple facial expressions and, when someone speaks to her, looks intently
    • He's startled by loud or unexpected noises
    • Her fists are closed
Infant play gyms
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    Rainforest™ 1-2-3 Musical Gym

Help your baby learn more:

    • What do you see? Get down at floor level to get baby’s view of overhead toys. This will help you know where to position her for the best vantage point. Change your baby's position every once in a while to freshen the view.
    • Play together to encourage communication and add fun to playtime. Pick a time when baby is in an active play mode, not sleepy or hungry or overly stimulated. You'll be able to tell; if the toy looks too busy for him at the moment, he'll close his eyes.
    • Talk about it. To help your baby learn there's a connection between words and actions, move the parts and talk about them as you go: "Shake-shake-shake. See the silly little face smiling at you?"
    • Hum or sing along to the music on the gym and point out light-up features. The more you talk to your baby and directly engage him, the more you're benefiting his development.

All in a Row

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Teaching your child how to organize things in a series helps him organize his world.

Materials

  • Items that can be arranged in a series:
  • Broken crayons, from smallest to largest
  • Buttons, from smallest to largest
  • Sticks, from shortest to longest
  • Cans, from smallest to largest
  • coloured items, from darkest to lightest
  • Toys, from smallest to largest
  • Dolls

Instructions

  • Gather several items that can be organized in a series.
  • Place them in a pile in the middle of the floor or table.
  • Sit opposite your child with the pile between you.
  • Explain how the items could be organized, from shortest to tallest, smallest to largest, darkest to lightest, or whatever seems appropriate.
  • Ask him to organize the items by lining them up in a row.
  • If he has trouble, review the organizing principle and help him choose which item goes next.
  • Gather a new group of items and repeat.

Safety

Be sure the items are safe to handle.
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