A baby's mind is such an unknown! What are they thinking? What do they remember? How do they form thoughts? So many things we wonder about, and yet so little we actually know. So we sit, wait and watch for signs that our children are making progress in their cognitive development. The first time they smile we know they are associating our face, voice or smell with a pleasant feeling. Cognitive development includes everything that causes the brain to make connections between the child and the outside world.
Some things to know about cognitive development:
Repetition strengthens children's understanding.
Memory, literacy, language are all a part of cognitive development.
Babies begin cognitive development by moving from reflexes to intentional actions.
One day I was nursing my newborn daughter. Her eyes were closed and she was settling in for sleep as she filled her tummy. I was excitedly anticipating her nap so I could rest my own eyes as well. When she finished eating I put her in her bed, as usual. Before I even made it across the room, I heard her little voice cooing and giggling in a very awake, alert kind of way. I picked her up and tried to rock her back to sleep but to no avail. She was awake and I wondered, "What do I do with her now?" So I present you with a collection of activities to fill those awake times because babies grow up!