Your child has come to a point where they can play independently and it is time for them to join their play with words. At first, they may be labeling objects they’re picking up or see. Let’s say they’re in their play kitchen and they say “banana”. You can expand on it by creating a phrase “Let’s PEEL the banana”. Emphasize novel words and unique parts of a phrase to allow it to stand out to your child.
It’s all about input they are receiving. The more verbal modeling that you provide during play, everyday errands, etc. the more likely they are to start narrating their own actions. Feel free to initiate structured play with them. For instance, grab a tea set and start setting it up by saying phrases such as “Here’s a plate”. Then, take the teapot and say “Pouring tea”, pretend to drink it and say “Drinking tea” or “Wow! It’s hot!”, etc.
Another alternative is to chime in when they have already initiated play with an item on their own. “Oh the car is going up up up the garage!”, “The car needs gas!”, “We’re driving fast!”, etc. They do not have to repeat everything you are saying, but you are giving their actions words and meaning. You are also adding new vocabulary to their repertoire. For example, they may already know “car”, but “gas” might be a new word. To give it extra meaning, talk about getting gas when you’re actually at the gas station. Real life situations will encourage them to make more connections and make them more apt to using new words and longer phrases when on their own.
As we mentioned in our milestones blog, our teeny tiny 3 month olds can be quite the Engergizer bunnies! They’re constantly kicking, flapping their arms, stretching, etc. to show off their newly learned moves and to show they’re excited. Here are some of our favorite physical activities to allow your baby to let out some energy – they can also benefit you as well! We also find that the more you do during the day the more soundly they sleep at night!
Roman absolutely loves walks on the streets of NYC. He’s just a guy that’s always on the move! Why not join that with some cardio for yourself? Depending on the location, you work on powering walking, running, stretching, increasing strength, and toning while singing songs and engaging your babies in social activities. It’s also a great way to meet other new mothers! There are outdoor and indoor options depending on the program you choose.
Fit 4 Mom
Mind Over Matter NYC – Boot Camp
Shape Up with Baby
Or perhaps you would like something more low-key. Moms who previously did yoga or have no experience at all can attend these yoga classes. I know it personally helped me regain strength in my body after giving birth. There is an emphasis on strengthening your core in most classes, which is helpful for every mom out there! A big plus is that it helps you find some peace in your busy day. Baby yoga and singing is often included. It also gives kiddos a chance to practice tummy time and socially interact with each other – what more can you ask for! Ohmmm
Prenatal Yoga Center
Swimming is a fun activity that let’s your baby practice kicking away with their flippers! It’s also great because it is low impact exercise for you! These lessons teach your child swim readiness and allows them to develop a love for the water. As they get older, it will teach our tots self-confidence, make them aware of water safety, and increase their strength. We feel that the earlier they are exposed to swimming the better!
Before having a baby I only thought of holding my child in the traditional cradle hold. But after talking to physical therapists and people in related fields I realized the importance of varying your holds while you carry your baby. Infants of course love being touched and held. These different holds allow them to see the world in different ways. You can move forward, backward, side-to-side, in circles, dance around, up and down, and show them all the possibilities of movement! We love doing this to music – pausing and stopping, going faster and slower, etc. It’s the best time to point things out in the home that are at a higher level – totally new world for them! And a big plus is that these various holds give your arms a workout! Flying Baby This is great for when your child has more control over their body, especially their head. You can sit on the ground (or your bed) with your knees bent and position your baby on your shins. You can then lie down own your back while raising your baby so that your shins and your baby are parallel to the ground. This will make them feel like they’re flying high! And once they gain more control you can actually bring them high into the sky without the support of your shins!
It’s exactly what it sounds like. You bring you baby to the side almost in a seated position and hold them securely with your arm. This allows them to feel the natural forward and backward motion as you walk and move around. It prepares them for what to expect when walking!
In this position your baby is also on your side, but here they are on your hip almost hugging you with their legs. It’s best to put your arm around their back and reach down to their leg for increased support. This helps them practice head support and gain upper body strength.
In this hold your elbow is bent and your baby is under you arm – literally almost like you’re holding a football! Much heavier than a football as they get older though! This is also great for learning about forward movement and what it feels like to crawl or walk one day! <
Many times we hear from parents how hard it is to do tummy time, but what you can do to make it more fun is hold them in the air on their belly. That way they are still practicing lifting their head and getting stronger overall. Holding them on your chest facing you is also a form of tummy time. Remember the more tummy time you do the better – it even affects fine motor skills such as writing later on in life!
Receptive language, which is understanding language, is discussed in this video. Receptive language can include reponse to name, following commands, answering questions, etc.
Speech and language milestones from birth to 5 are discussed in this video. Categories such as expressive language, receptive language, play, etc. are talked about. Perfect for early intervention providers or parents who are just curious about speech and language development.
Here is a continuation of our summary on early intervention. Find out what is and what is not covered by early intervention. We also touch upon disorders covered by insurance.
In New York City, if you suspect your child has a delay in speech, langauge, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, etc., your child may be eligible for services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc. This short video teaches parents how to request a state-funded evaluation for early intervention, which covers ages birth to 3 years of age. There is also a program calle Committee on Preschool Education that covers 3-5 year old children.