A while back parents were relying on learning videos like Baby Einstein to make their babies smart. Research showed that these babies were not smarter than the kids that didn't watch them, but the smartest kids of all were those that had lots of one on one time with adults. Which proves that kids learn best from interaction. Not to say that learning shows are bad they just can't be the only learning tool in your kit.
Here are some great ways to interact with your baby to help them learn:
- 0-4 Months: Make funny faces, move brightly colored toys slowly in front of your baby's eyes, play music and sing songs, narrate everything you and baby are doing.
- 4-6 Months: Help baby hug stuffed animals, stack blocks and let baby knock them over, play music and sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, read and show baby the brightly colored pictures, let baby feel different textures.
- 6-18 Months: Talk and interact face to face to help baby make connections between sounds and words, point to objects and people as you talk about them, play peek-a-boo.