Thursday, October 28, 2010 Recommendations (Newborn)

·When talking to her, hold her about 10 inches from your face.
·Make sure she is alert with eyes open wide.
·Make your voice as animated and enthusiastic as possible.
·Make funny faces so she can imitate you.
·Make her smile and grin as often as possible.
·Call her name as often as possible.
·Keep talking to her and describe what you are doing
·Avoid background noises so she can focus at one sound at a time
·Use short phrases and sentences and keep repeating them
·Sing or recite a rhyming poem as often as possible
·Avoid shrill loud voices or noises.
·Read to her as often as possible.

Recognize her early signs of being bored, tired, hunger, and sleepiness and stop your learning interactions when these signs start to show.
Physical play is her enjoyment; pat her feet, tickle her belly, count toes and fingers, massage her head.
Play coordinated with animated verbal interactions stimulates her orbitofrontal cortex which is extremely important in the formation of attachment.
Play combined with an enthusiastic voice of the parent is the root of a trusting relationship.
Creating a daily series of shared attentions, physical play, and animated interactions between you and her builds a strong foundation for emotional, cognitive, language, and quantitative development in the future.
Avoid using the television or video at all cost to stop your baby from crying or for other purposes.

Social & Emotional development of Newborns to One Month old

Enjoys your face and responds positively to your voice
Looks at you intently to within 8 - 12 inches
Imitates when you stick your tongue
Cries when she is unhappy
Grins & seem to pull eyes into smile when she hears parent's voice
Moves her arms and legs in excitement
Enjoys physical play

Cognitive & Learning (Newborn to 1 month)

·Can distinguish parents face from strangers
·Prefer face of mother at 36 hours than a stranger in a video
·Prefer to listen to the voice of the mother when this is presented at the same time with that of another mother talking to her baby.
·Prefer also the sound of the mother's native language.
·Able to focus attention and interest on you just for a short time
·Is sensitive to touch and is calmed by being held
·Recognizes mothers scent within a few days
·Attention span is very short
·Might recognize music or song heard while in the womb
·Within a few weeks she recognizes the sounds that are important to her
·Prefer to watch movement of people than inanimate objects or animals

Language & Communication (Newborn to 1 month)

·Makes an eye contact when held to about 10 inches
·Recognizes parent's voice
·May distinguish low from high pitches
·Relies on rhythm, not on sounds, to distinguish one language from another
·Concentrate of sound of native language of the parent
·Reacts to sounds such as sudden loud noise
·Tries to stare at you when you speak to her
·Can be quieted down when crying by eye contact or being picked up

Hand-Eye Coordination (Newborn to 1 month)

·Grasp object placed in her hand by a reflex reaction
·Focuses on an object from 8 - 12 inches from face
·Blinks in reflex when an object approaches her face quickly
·Holds hand in a fist

Motor (Newborn to 1 month)

·Automatically swallows milk on her tongue
·Sucks in reflex when pacifier is placed on her mouth
·If started she will arch her back and throw her arms in the air
·Moves legs in reflex stepping action held on feet onto the floor
·Cannot hold her head without support
·When cheek is stroked she turns her head to find the nipples
·Sleeps in fetal position


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