Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tips on raising a smart and curious child

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Sure, your baby is too tiny for school, but he's already an eager learner. Four important steps you can take to encourage his development: 

1. Expose your baby to different environments, activities, and people. Every experience, whether regular (like your daily chores) or new and unfamiliar (like special outings), stimulates your baby's senses and sparks his curiosity. Make an effort to go to a variety of places with your baby and talk to him about what you see, hear, smell, and touch. 

2. Babyproof your home. Good learners are curious. Boost your baby's curiosity by providing him with surroundings in which he can safely explore. Fewer hazards within reach will also reduce your need to interfere by setting limits and saying no. In other words, make your baby's environment inviting but safe.

3. Make the most of your baby's playtime. Provide toys that have a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sounds. Let him play alone sometimes, and at other times play with him – both types of play exercise his mind in different ways. Try to resist helping your baby with a challenging toy or activity to let him experiment and learn on his own (but lend a hand if he continues to have trouble and starts to get frustrated). End playtime before your baby starts looking away and fussing – these are signs he's becoming overstimulated. 

4. Keep lots of baby-friendly books around the house. Regularly flip through them with your baby, pointing to the pictures and talking about them as you go.

source: babycentre.com

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