Tips how to create a stimulating Play Space for Babies
Parents have started to take great interest in making all sorts of recommended additions to their child's life ever since they have become aware of how they can help in their child's development. There are various ways parents can play an important role in nurturing their baby's mental and physical development.
One such way is to build a play space for babies that provides tactile, auditory and visual stimulation helping in their brain development.
Below I have described ways that this can be achieved for children from one-month old to one-year olds.
The first step is to choose a place which I would suggest is either enclosed for younger children, like a crib, or for older children, a corner in the room where you can put child barriers to prevent your crawling infants from roaming about if unattended. Make this place comfortable for them, like placing a thick plush rug or a soft mattress so if the baby lies down or crawls, he is always comfortable and enjoys being there. These soft mats also provide tactile stimulation for the children.
Black and white or brightly coloured mobile with changing toys
Most children younger than 5-6 months would prefer to lie down so hang beautiful mobiles that are either bright and colourful or black and white. This is because it has been discovered that children focus on high contrast objects the most.
So a black and white or brightly coloured mobile with changing toys or images from time to time will keep them captivated. I would suggest you keep changing the toys or objects on the mobile occasionally to keep the babies intrigued.
Put stimulating wall stickers and a mirror on the walls
Next, put stimulating wall stickers and a mirror on the walls of the play space.
Children love to see their reflection, and it is adorable how they play with their reflections!
These wall stickers could be colourful characters, or black and white too.
Again the idea is to attract the child and stimulate him visually.
Add lightweight toys
Add toys which are light-weight like the ones made of hollow metals or light wood. You can also add cloth books which will also be lightweight. They should be light-weight and placed at low-level so children can reach them easily and do not hurt themselves while playing with them.
These can be brightly coloured or black and white too. These toys can also be musical, for example rattles or jingle bells or a piano pad for slightly older children. Children love music which has also been found to be associated with making the children smarter.
Add figure toys too, because children love to explore faces, be it with their eyes, hands or tongues! An interaction with stimulating materials like these helps in early brain development in children. The more stimulating sounds they hear, things they see and feel, the more connections will form in their brain and frequent exposure to such materials will help augment these connections.
So the next time you go shopping for your child's play space, try to think like a child and buy such stimulating objects. Make your child enjoy growing up!