Every moment is a possible opportunity for learning. When it’s play time, there are endless possibilities for you to help your baby enrich his brain with toys and games that will hone a variety of skills. But even though it’s just down time or you’re engaged in another activity, let’s say, like taking a bath, it still holds vast opportunities for his mind to be stimulated.
So how do you enrich your baby’s brain during bath time?
Talk about bathing!
The key to enriching baby’s mind and teaching them new concepts relies on simple communication techniques and visual explanation of everyday objects. Before undressing your baby you could introduce them to the products you are going to use and the purpose it serves. For example, you could say ” Honey let me introduce you to soap. This will clean your body and make you healthy”. Talk about shape, colour, smells, etc. This is essential as babies brain have amazing ability to understand visual cues and it enhances faster learning. Communicating in native language would enhance linguistic abilities. Use the process of bathing as an opportunity to explain various body parts. While bathing your baby you could say ” Let’s wash this cute little head of yours” or “I am now soaping your hands, now your arms and then your shoulders!” Simple chats like these would acquaint your baby with their different parts of the body. The more you talk to your infant the better you would widen their vocabulary and concepts.
Play Music or better Sing!
Make him listen to music while you bathe him. Music has always been known to be an effective stimulant of a baby’s brain. A low volume classical music has proved to improve spatial problem solving ability during early childhood. Singing to your baby would improve their auditory perception and language development. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re in tune or not, sing like crazy as you bathe your baby and watch him burst into a fit of giggles.
Engage them to play with bath toys that are not just created as a diversion but are also designed to incite your baby’s creativity and imagination. A Nuby Octopus Hoopla for example can be used for bath time imaginative plays, keeping them occupied while you bathe.
It’s true that every single day of your child’s life holds endless chances for learning. Don’t miss any of these opportunities to help develop your child’s mental capacity especially those that come during daily activities such as bath time.