Infant Stimulation: Early Education

Sixtine and I have been doing Maths this week. I know. She is four months old. But it is never too early to learn. My little girl loves looking at new things, and interacting with me and a few flashcards. The excitement she gets from it is priceless – she will move her arms and legs, and smile like she is having the time of her life.

I showed her numbers from 1 to 20, and she looked at each little dots or mini flowers with great interest, noticing, or I like to think so, the difference between each card. We also counted mummy’s fingers, and sang a French song called 1, 2, 3, nous irons aux bois which teaches children how to count up to twelve.

I also changed the scenery around her changing table – I printed and laminated 5 paintings from well-known artist such as Renoir, and Leonardo Da Vinci (Sunflowers, Mona Lisa…) and she noticed the difference right away ! She seems to enjoy Mona Lisa more than any of the other paintings but babies love human faces so nothing surprising here.

I recently moved her mat in front of a mirror so she can look at herself and be aware of her movements. She absolutely loves it. I added a few birds, and butterflies pictures and she seems to enjoy them as well. It seems to help a lot with tummy time (she’s not a big fan but enjoys it more when she can see herself in the mirror.) It is too funny to see her lift her bum up and push on her leg to move around. I find it much easier for her to do so when she is wearing very few clothes on. I need to get her leg warmers…any suggestions? It is kinda cold here in Atlantic Canada.

She has lots of fun seeing the world from the top of that big stability/exercise ball I got for her. I borrowed a similar one at the end of my pregnancy thinking it would induce labor. I don’t know if it was a coincidence but my water broke at 2.30am that night ! Ahh…memories !

We also did a lot of singing and dancing this week. We sang in French, English and even Spanish (although I don’t speak this language).

Between Doman, Montessori, and other methods of learning I am interested in, we definitely have things to entertain ourselves with. I love to see how thirsty for knowledge she is – she learns so fast ! I can’t believe how great she’s getting at coordinating her movements to take her bottle or soother out or in of her mouth !

I am looking to buy a few toys for the baby and all I want to say is: Long live Etsy for great handmade toys, ideas and resource ! If you check out my Pinterest profile (I just started it) you will see my long list of wants for the baby ! Although I know everyday items work just as fine – I have been wanting to get her a Gobbi mobile, a baby rattle, a teether and a couple wooden toys (other than her hairbrush !).

Any other suggestions?

Infant Stimulation

Sixtine has been very alert since birth. I have read some books and some online sites about stimulation in infancy and I have been doing some activities with her hoping to help her develop her full potential.

I started with black and white flash cards when she was about two months. It included different shapes (squares, triangles, circles,…), but also faces (smile, surprise,…) and animal shapes (cats, ducks…). I would flash them when she was happy, fed, and rested so that she was fully alert and interested.I also put some of the flashcards above her bassinet, and changing table and she has stared at them numerous times.

Now that she is a little older, I am going to introduce colors, numbers and pictures of everyday life objects/people with matching words. I am also working on a fabric/texture basket that she could play with.

I also sing in French and English to her. She seems to enjoy old classics French music and nursery rhymes better than anything and often sings back. Her favorite song seems to be “Petit escargot” which always get her smiling.

If you have read the post I wrote entitled “When baby says Mama” , you may know how important it is to talk to baby and listen to him/her above all. I enjoy talking to her and asking her questions and wait for an answer. She usually stares at my mouth very carefully, and moves her mouth at the same time, trying to reproduce the sound. She sometimes answers, sometimes not. But she knows I am interested in what she has to say.

I let her smell my food, perfume, and flowers and touch different temperature objects.She actually had lots of fun pulling the petals off the rose Papa had bought for her for Valentine’s day ! She loved it !

As for motor skills, she is a great little mover ! I put her on her stomach – which she doesn’t enjoy much – and she will put herself back on her back after a few grunts ! I let her grasp my fingers and pull her gently until she reaches a sitting position. She also rotates on her playmat by moving her legs like Elvis ! I have the feeling that she will be all over the place in a few months !

She also enjoys watching Sparkabilities 0 to 6 months.

What are some fun things you do with your infant? Anything you would like to recommend?