The following are suggestions for nurturing your child to help
improve his or her learning and attention.
Give frequent physical contact. Touch and hold
your baby as much as possible during the first 6 months of his or her life. You
will not spoil your baby. Your baby needs frequent physical contact to grow and
Set limits on your child's daily TV and computer time. Aim for 2 hours or less a day. For a child younger than 2 years, help his or her brain develop by playing or reading together instead of letting your child watch TV, watch movies, or play games on a screen.
Choose age-appropriate toys, and provide a safe play
environment. Toys that stimulate the brain are recommended, such as books,
blocks, and puzzles. Use a playpen or gate to ensure the play area is safe from
potential hazards, such as stairs or pets.
Encourage your child to
play. Find some time each day to play with your child. Choose games and play
activities that encourage conversation, such as reading and board games. Also,
allow your child some time to play alone.
Make sure your child
gets enough sleep and rest each day. Don't interrupt your child's sleep unless
it is necessary. You may want to use soft music to help your child relax. Some
people suggest playing soft music that does not contain words for 30 minutes
Encourage your child to eat healthy foods and to develop
healthy eating habits. Limit the amount of sugar and fat in your child's diet.
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