The Foundation Years Trust - Parents of 0-5s

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Everyday Adventures for 0-1 year olds

Play Peek-a-boo

Babies love to play peek-a-boo.  Try hiding toys under a blanket and looking how your baby responds. Young babies will think that the object has disappeared, babies around 8 months will realise that the object is still there and may try lifting the blanket up to look for it.  Playing peek-a-boo games will your baby develop this awareness.

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Share books and stories

It is never too early to read to your baby.  Books can be part of everyday activities; your baby will love to cuddle up with you and look at the pictures and listen to your voice.  Sharing books with babies will help them develop skills to listen carefully and later begin to talk.

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Tummy Time

Tummy time helps babies to build up the muscle strength and skills they will later need to roll, crawl and pull themselves up on furniture. Tummy time doesn’t have to mean just lying flat on the floor.  Here are a few ideas you can try:

  • Carry your baby with their tummy facing down
  • When sitting down try having your baby facing away leaning on your arm
  • Lie your baby tummy down across your lap or on your chest. They may not like lying on their tummy at first, so it is best to try it for a couple of minutes at a time and gradually build the time up until they feel comfortable.
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Talk Time

Your baby loves it when you copy faces they pull and sounds they make. They love exaggerated facial expressions and high-pitched tones of voice. Your baby may watch and copy the shape you make with your mouth, this helps them to develop the muscles for speech and language.

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Snuggle up

Just by being close to your baby, giving reassuring eye contact and smiles when they are in a new situation or trying out a new activity will give your baby a sense of comfort and security to continue exploring. Responding to your baby in this way will help them feel loved and valued, which will help to build their confidence and self-esteem.