Learning Games for a 1-Month-Old Baby
Building Body AwarenessIn addition to poor vision, your newborn baby is incapable of controlling her movement. In fact, she has almost no knowledge or idea that she has a body to control. One day in the coming weeks, you will notice her discovering her hands as funny little objects that are nearby -- still not realizing that they are part of her body.
Try these learning games to help with building body awareness:
- Allow your baby to grasp your finger. Bring your finger (and his hand) up so that he can see it. Hum a soft tune and dance your fingers to the sound of your voice. The combination of seeing his hand and the feeling of it moving will promote body awareness and physical exploration.
- Put your baby down on her tummy for a few minutes each day. She will probably let you know quickly that it is her least favorite position, but it will get easier after the first few times. Hum a soft tune and stroke her back. Having a little bit of tummy time every day helps babies build up their arm, shoulder, and neck strength.
Remember -- It's About Baby StepsEvery bit of sensory input that you give your baby to process will give his brain the chance to begin creating new networks and pathways. Seeing you and hearing your voice will send him many positive and comforting messages.
However, a word of caution -- it does not take much to overstimulate a baby. Playing with your one-month-old baby should be soothing, easy, and fun. Remembering this will help you both to relax and enjoy each other.