The best times of parenting are when you are connected and enjoying a game with your baby. While these baby games are fun, there is a lot more going on. As you interact and mirror your baby’s expressions, your baby starts to feel connected and safe.
They learn how to calm down and regulate their emotions. Once they feel safer, they can start to explore the world, beginning to develop cognitive skills. The back-and-forth of baby play also forms the foundation of social interaction and the beginning of language development, establishing critical neural pathways for learning. All that during game of peek-a-boo.
Lorraine Campbell, PHD., C.Psych.
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