How to Create Stimulating Activities for Infants

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Create stimulating activities for infants by playing with them, singing songs, providing rattle toys, reading textured books and physically moving the baby's arms and legs. Show infants different facial expressions to help them learn about the world with tips from the mother of three young children in this free video on parenting.

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Hi, I'm Erica. I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm going to talk to you, about how to create stimulating activities for your infant. There's lots of different ways to do this. Usually just playing with them, you can sing to them, sing them songs. Be sure that they're sitting right in front of you. For an infant, you can show them toys like this. You can shake them and rattle them, and just kind of play with them like that. You can also buy little books like this, that you can read to them, and you can have them touch and feel, touch and feel like the soft or the rough, because there's lots of books that have texture to them, and that's really stimulating for the baby also. You can also have them watch one of the educational movies, that they have for little babies, that are stimulating, and they put up stimulating, and different types of colors, and things like that, that will actually teach the baby. There's lots of different ways that you can stimulate your baby's mind, just playing with them with yourself. Showing them different facial expressions, will teach them about how to do that, and they'll just teach them how to recognize the world, and you just want to teach them about the world around them, and usually by doing that, toys, videos, and yourself. Another thing you can do, is you can actually physically play with the baby. You can do a bicycle motion with their legs, move the legs in a bicycle motion. That also helps with constipation and gas, so you're doing two things at once. You can just play patty cake with them, use their hands, do the motions, and just that physical activity, that physical touch is really important, for you and the baby.

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