Saturday 14 December, 2019

Early Moments Matter parenting tips part 1: Playing with baby

Olympic champion and UNICEF Jamaica Goodwill Ambassador Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with her son Zyon.

Olympic champion and UNICEF Jamaica Goodwill Ambassador Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with her son Zyon.

FACT: In the first 1,000 days, babies’ brains form new connections at an astounding rate: up to 1,000 every single second – a pace never repeated again.    

We all want what's best for our children, but being a parent isn't always easy. That’s why, starting today on World Children’s Day, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Loop News to help you with tips, interesting insights and fun facts.

Information you can trust to help give your child the best start in life!

For babies, play is not just about toys, it’s about back-and-forth interactions.

So here are a few simple suggestions to boost your playtime with babies:

- Sing. Sing Sing. Sing a song to your baby as you change his or her diaper.

- Talk it up! Talk with your baby as much as you can. Babies love the interaction, and this helps them to develop language skills.

- Read, Read and read some more. Read to your baby even if he or she is not understanding you – the sound of your voice is soothing, and the sharing of books helps to build vocabulary and create an early reader.

- Make some noise! Coo, mimic the sounds your baby makes and smile back and forth with baby as he or she sits in your lap. This helps to build self-confidence and strengthens the bong between you and your child.

- Get moving! Encourage your baby to kick or hit at a mobile or rattle by placing them nearby.

To learn more about why play is so important to give your baby the best start in life, watch this video: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/how-babies-learn-through-play

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