Skip to content

Stimulate Your Baby's Learning

Font Size

Topic Overview

When you cuddle, talk to, and play with your baby, you build an emotional bond. You also help stimulate his or her learning and cognitive development.

Show your baby new and interesting things. For instance, carry your baby around the room and show him or her pictures on the wall. Tell your baby what the pictures are. Go outside for walks. Talk about the things you see.

Between 3 and 6 months, babies seem to like toys that they can easily handle. They may fixate on a toy or task until it is mastered and then move on to another. Rotate the toys you have by taking them away for periods and then reintroducing them. Any household object, like a spoon or a measuring cup, can serve as a toy as long as it cannot injure or be swallowed by the baby.

Babies tend to like toys that match or challenge their motor and cognitive skill levels. For example, when they are able to pick up objects with their hands around 8 to 12 months, they may delight in playing with blocks. They might also enjoy more complex toys, in which an action triggers a response.

Reading to your baby also is a vital part of cognitive development. For information about nurturing your baby's language development, see the topic Speech and Language Development.

1

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 06, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Stimulate Your Baby's Learning Topics

Hot Topics

WebMD Video: Now Playing

Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

feet
Solutions for 19 types.
MS Overview
Recognizing symptoms.
pregnancy test and calendar
Helping you get pregnant.
man rubbing painful knee
A visual guide.
lone star tick
How to identify that bite.
woman standing behind curtains
How it affects you.
brain scan with soda
Tips to avoid complications.
row of colored highlighter pens
Tips for living better.
human lungs
Symptoms, causes, treatments.
woman dreaming
What Do Your Dreams Say About You?
two male hands
Test your knowledge.

Women's Health Newsletter

Find out what women really need.