We see the stimulation as part of the development of the baby, however, this should not be forced or compulsory, every baby is unique and it is important to respect the times and stages of each one. The love, patience, and empathy from parents play a crucial role in this process.
For the stimulation to take effect it is essential that the baby be attentive to what is happening. The newborn, for example, will pay attention in very short periods of time, lasting just four seconds, but through repetition and maturity, their scope of attention is expanded to two seconds or more.
The baby is aware when:
- Your breathing is more smooth and stable.
- The frequency of suction decreases.
- Their eyes look larger and her pupils dilated.
- It relaxes the tummy.
- Look at the person or object that is stimulating.
- His sight was fixed on the stimulus during 4 to 10 seconds.
To achieve this it is important to:
- Encourage their curiosity: by varying stimuli, changing the toys and the music you listen to.
- Does not provide many stimuli at once: because in the beginning the baby does not yet have the capacity to select them.
- Repeat the stimuli several times: to learn begins with very short periods of stimulation and walks, increasing the time gradually.
- Offer warmth, calm and peace of mind: remember that the baby will perceive the mood of the people so there is that to try and stay relaxed in the moments that are shared with the child.
Techniques to stimulate the baby
- Believe it or not, the position of the crib or the bed in the bedroom is important, if left in the same place for months, the baby will get used to the orientation and static perspective of your room.
- Through the bars of the crib, you will always see the same perspective of the window, and the furniture.
- You may never see the door through which you enter or furniture that are not under your visual field.
- This is why it is a very good practice to move the cradle once a month, giving the chance to the baby to see other perspectives of their world.
- Will have more information to learn and this will help you to avoid developing a cramp in the neck or malformations in the head for having to sleep always lying on the same side.
- It is also good to change your position in the crib, alternating its location at regular intervals of time.
However, when your baby reaches 8 or 9 months of age, this change in routine can be disconcerting for him. At this age, children want their routine to be established because they find a sense of security when the environment is unchanging and consistent.