Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Just for fun
The power of touch makes Baby feel safe and secure, and can help build muscles, too.
The first few months of your newborn’s life bring never-ending questions. Am I holding her right? If I touch him this way, will he feel uncomfortable? Touch is often one of a newborn infant’s most highly developed senses at birth. Caressing your baby is vital to making him feel safe and secure.
Many newborns love the attention they receive from their parents and other family members. Through the use of inventive touching games, they may begin to strengthen their senses of sight, hearing and touch. Here are a few to try:
- Hold your newborn’s face close to your own and gently sway to some calming music. Hold one of her tiny hands in your own and stroke it with your thumb.
- Touch and name the parts of your baby’s body. Jump from foot to hand or hand to foot and watch Baby’s expressions as you recite the names. Extend the arm when you say it and extend the leg when you say it.
- Play “This Little Piggy”: Pulling the thumb, say, “This little piggy went to the market.” Pulling the index finger, say, “This little piggy stayed home.” Pulling the middle finger, say, “This little piggy had roast beef.” Pulling the ring finger, say, “This little piggy had none.” Pulling the pinky finger, say, “This little piggy cried ‘wee wee wee’ all the way home!” Feel free to tickle Baby as you say “wee wee wee!”
- Play bicycle: As Baby lies on her back, lift up her legs and rotate them as if she were riding a bicycle. Make up a silly rhyme to sing as you do it, such as: “I’m riding my bike today! I’m going to head out and play! I wish I might and I wish I may! Have some fun on my bike all day!”
These simple interactions promote recognition and bonding, and may help strengthen Baby’s muscles.