Advice from Canpol's experienced mothers.

Games for children aged 3 to 6 months: discovering the world

Your baby is growing very quickly and before you even know, he'll be able to play the games you proposed to him earlier much faster and with more confidence. For example, first attempts to grab things, no matter how clumsy, now fill us with pride. During this period my children were very curious about the world and tried to poke their little noses everywhere.

I kept repeating games and exercises recommended for children between 3 and 6 months, but I constantly tried to diversify them: I gave my baby new sounds he could repeat, I changed the decorations in our home (colourful designs, posters on walls, colours around the baby's bed), I gave him toys with new textures.

Words and gestures

Talking to my child soon became completely natural. I took advantage of it in order to implement and repeat some simple sentences while I was doing chores with the baby. For example, during bathing: "I'll pick you up from the water in a minute" or during nappy changing: "I'll change your nappy in a minute", or during feeding: "now I'll give you something to eat". It turned out that after some time the baby started to associate the gesture of holding my hands out for him with being picked up from the bath, etc. Words and gestures helped us communicate.

Joyful tickling

When you're changing your baby's nappy or exercising with him, you can tickle his feet, tummy, ears and other cute parts of his body. Tell him what you're doing. When your baby learns to associate the word with the gesture, he'll know that something fun is about to happen. You can tickle him with your fingers, a soft feather or other toy. The more creative you are, the more fun you will have.

Pouring time

Remember that often games which appear trivial or pointless to adults, are new and fascinating to children. You can develop your baby's fine motor skills by letting him pour different products such as cereals or rise (don't let your child swallow anything). Acting together with their mum or dad, children are able to play freely, get dirty and experience new tactile sensations.

A walk full of excitement

Even the shortest walk can offer your child new experience. I used to go out with my children and show them different things, naming them. This way they would learn new words and sounds. You don't have to leave the house to do it. You can also teach your baby new words while doing chores at home. Walk around the house with your baby, open and close doors as you go, and tell your child what you're doing. You can open and close a window, or a cabinet, turn the lights on and off, pick up a toy and put it on a shelf. Your baby will be with you all the time, listening and observing.

He should not only discover his surroundings but also himself and his body. How can I help him do it? Like I was telling you before, you can diversify the games you've played so far. When I was bathing my baby, I washed his leg and I told him what it was, with the proper, full name, without diminutives (baby talk). When I was playing with my children, outside the bath, I would often show the same body parts on me and on them. The important thing is to name things using their full names, so that the child gets used to the proper sound of their names.

Renata

Mum of 18 year old Magda, 15 year old Wojtek and 10 year old Michaś, 15 years of professional experience

Karolina Taranko

Creativity Psychopedagogue
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