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10 Brain-Boosting Activities to Do With Your Newborn

When it comes to fostering your child’s development you don’t have to have tons of money to make an impact. In fact, some of the best things you can do are the ones we take for granted. Here are 10 brain-boosting activities to do with your newborn. Don’t be afraid to mix things up.

Dish and gab. Your newborn has been listening to you talk since he or she was in the womb—why stop now? Make a point to speak directly to your bundle of joy while keeping eye contact. Ask her about her day and life outside the belly. Heck, ask her what she thinks about Beyoncé’s new album (just kidding)! Just keep the chatter going, and you will soon start to hear coos in the near future—and make sure you change up your pitch from time to time. Talking to your child will kick start her language development and comprehension.
Mimic Mommy. You can all do this one: monkey see monkey do as most babies after a few weeks are paying close attention to you. Try sticking out your tongue or smiling big—chances are they will do it, too!
Get your dance on. Aside from ensuring she has rhythm early, dancing with your child is a great way to stimulate her senses. Just make sure you support her neck.
Reading time. Obviously your little one is not going to know what you are talking about, though that should not discourage you from reading to him sooner rather than later. Choose books that are filled with great images, and though babies only see black and white early on, a bit later they’ll be into the dazzling colors.
Mirror mirror. Take out a mirror and place it at you baby’s eye level so he can look at his reflection. He won’t exactly realize it’s himself, but he should be entertained with how active the “person” is on the other side of the glass.
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