The Creative Baby
For infants, everything is a learning experience. Each encounter marks a new discovery. Their brains are constantly sponging up information and filing it away for later use. How can you harness this bottomless curiosity and turn it into creativity? By interacting and playing with your baby in ways that are naturally stimulating. When tiny babies are used to exploring with their senses, they learn to see that exploration is fun, which will boost their creative energy as they grow up.
- Follow baby's lead! When your little one is reacting to you by giggling, cooing and smiling, keep doing whatever you're doing. It means baby is responding to your play, which keeps that little brain more receptive to creativity and learning. (Chances are you're accomplishing this without even meaning to, because as we all know, baby giggles are totally addictive.) Keep watching those cues, however; when he arches his back or starts to look away, he's probably feeling overstimulated and ready for a break.
- When it comes to color, go bold. Did you know babies can't see color until they're between four and six months old? A nursery and toys awash in pastels won't engage them as much as bright, contrasting colors will. Bold patterns and colors will stimulate that little brain.
- Make some noise. You might be tone-deaf, but your baby won't care, and music helps boost his creativity. Sing songs in different tones and pitches and see what he reacts to, and play music around the house so he takes it in. You'll know if he likes what he hears when he raises his head and looks at you.
- Create time to play. For little ones, play time is learning time and bonding time. Set aside an hour every day for exploratory play. Find things that have different textures, shapes, sounds and colors and see what he responds to.