The more experience your baby has of the world during their first months, the better equipped they will be to build on this knowledge in the future. Activity baby gyms help this early learning process by stimulating the development of your baby’s senses.
When choosing an activity centre you should look for one with lots of bright, contrasting colours to help stimulate your baby’s vision, different textures to stimulate your baby’s sense of touch and noises to help focus your baby’s attention.
An activity centre with a variety of different features and ‘play areas’ will help your baby to get the most of their new toy by encouraging hand eye coordination and helping them learn about cause and effect associations.
By spending time on their tummies babies are able to improve their coordination, balance and learn to move from side to side which helps babies learn to reach and crawl, which is the foundation for all movement skills.
Research shows babies placed on their backs to sleep who were then placed on their front for extra time during the day were able to roll, crawl, sit, pull to stand and eventually walk earlier than those who were mainly placed on their backs. It also helps increases babies’ confidence and independence helping them to become motivated to explore their surroundings as they learn to control their bodies.
Tummy Time offer a safe environment to help babies learn these value developmental skills. The mirror is also an invaluable learning tool for small babies. Although they won’t realize it’s themselves they’re seeing at this stage, babies find their own reflection fascinating. And by 3 months old, yours may have struck up a relationship with hers, and begun smiling at it. Look for a mirror you can fasten to the side of the crib or hang near a changing table.