Keeping a baby entertained isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Remember that everything you see and do every day is brand new to your baby. He or she doesn’t know that you are hiding behind your hands when you cover your face or that a knock on the door means that people will be coming inside. Everything is brand new.
Amusing your new baby is important for keeping him or her stimulated and can help the two of you bond together more closely. There are many ways to amuse a new baby, including simple things like playing peek-a-boo or making strange noises in high and low pitches to get a giggle out of your little one. You can make faces or put your child in a bouncy seat and gently bounce them. Babies also love things like jingling keys or rattles.
Of course, amusing your new baby can also be exercise for you. Babies love new sights and sounds, and putting your baby in the stroller and going for a walk or jog can be very stimulating and entertaining for baby. Try bringing the baby new places or, if you are staying home, simply changing rooms every time your baby seems bored. A new place to look around and eventually play will provide a great deal of stimulation.
Another great way to stimulate baby’s brain while keeping him or her entertained is to sing a song or read a book. Babies love to hear their parents’ voices, so this activity should be a frequent one. You don’t have to delve into Dickens to stimulate your baby’s brain, either. Just about any story book will work just fine.
Babies cry for many reasons. Because it is really their only way of getting attention or communicating, it is the way they convey any kind of distress. If you have heard parents who say they can tell what their baby wants just by the way it cries, yet this is not true for you, don’t worry. Most parents have to play a bit of a guessing game to find out what is wrong.
Here are some common reasons your baby might be crying:
- He or she is hungry
- Their diaper is soiled or wet
- He or she is sleepy
- He or she is gassy or needs to burp
- He or she is uncomfortable
- They are under or overstimulated
- The baby doesn’t feel well
- The baby wants to be picked up, held, or paid attention to
If you have tried all of these options and your baby is still crying, there are things you can do to ease your child’s distress even if you do not know the cause. A walk outdoors can work wonders, providing motion, fresh air, and new scenery. White noise can also be soothing, as can a very gentle massage. Swaddling or snuggling your baby is always soothing as well and can work wonders for some crying babies.
If your baby is crying uncontrollably and has medical symptoms such as a fever, rash or other sign of illness or discomfort, contact your pediatrician for advice or to schedule an appointment.
Now you have the basics of caring for your new baby. You understand how to feed, clothe, soothe, bathe, and generally provide care for your little one. Next, we will move on to how your baby’s brain develops and how each of the senses develop.