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Activities for Babies - Developing Trust [From: Babies]
HELPING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD
Developing Trust

Feeling your touch, hearing your voice and enjoying the comfort of physical closeness all help your baby to develop trust.

What You Need
  • Music
What To Do
  • Gently move your newborn's arms and legs. Or tickle her lightly under the chin or on the tummy. When she starts to control her head, lie on the floor and put her head on your chest. Let her reach for your nose or grab your hair. Talk to her and name each thing that she touches.

  • Place your baby on your belly. Some research has shown that such contact releases chemicals called endorphins that help your child feel comforted. In addition, such contact builds stomach and back muscle strength that is essential as your child learns to crawl.

  • Sing and cuddle with your baby. Hold him snuggled in your arms or lying face up on your lap with his head on your knees. Make sure the head of a newborn is well-supported. Sing a favorite lullaby.

  • Include happy rituals in your baby's schedule. For example, at bedtime, sing the same songs every night, rock her or rub her tummy.

  • Pick up your crying baby promptly. Try to find out what's wrong. Is he hungry? Wet? Bored? Too hot? Crying is your baby's way of communicating. By comforting him, you send the message that language has a purpose and that someone wants to understand him.

  • To entertain your baby, sing an action song. For example:
    • If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
    • If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
    • If you're happy and you know it and you want the world to know it,
    • If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
    • If you don't know lullabies or rhymes, make up your own!

  • Dance with your baby. To soothe her when she's upset, put our baby's head on your shoulder and hum softly or listen to recorded music as you glide around the room. To amuse her when she's cheerful, try a bouncy tune.

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U.S. Department of Education
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Helping Your Preschool Child
Washington, D.C., 2005




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