Our son was referred to Babies Can’t Wait because he was born early and spent time in the NICU. BCW’s role is to perform developmental assessments to check for any delays in meeting milestones and provide interventions if necessary. I’m excited and relieved that he passed his assessment with flying colors! That means all of our daily activities are working very well on him and he does not need any interventions.
Today’s post discusses simple ways we encourage our son’s cognitive and physical development through play activities.
Tummy time helps to strengthen many muscles throughout a baby’s body. It helps with other skills such as crawling, rolling, sitting, etc.
Everyday, Baby Zay performs tummy time on his Little Einstein activity mat for as long as he can tolerate it. He started as soon as he came home from the hospital with two to five minute sessions and now he can last up to an hour. While your child is performing tummy time, you want to remain present to monitor your baby and intervene when neccessary.
High Contrast Books
High contrast books supports young eye development. The simple lines and bold patterns are easier for babies to see.
We read to Baby Zay daily and point at the pictures. The goal is to support his eye development as well as attentional focus.
We use the rattle during play time because it helps with eye development and focus as well.
Baby Zay is able to focus on an object and watch its movement.
Wrist + Sock Rattles
Baby Zay loves these! The sound excites him and encourages him to move his arms and legs.
Our baby boy was discharged from the NICU a couple of days ago. Although it was a joyus occasion, Hubby and I were very nervous because we didn’t have his monitoring system or RN to assist us anymore. Moreover, Hubby and I spent most of the day bonding with him just as we’ve done while he was in the NICU. We followed the same care routine as well by checking his temperature and changing his diaper before feeding him.
At night, we found ourselves staying up late holding baby boy because he refused to sleep in his bassinet. Every time we tried to lay him down to sleep he would cry. We decided to exchange the bassinet for another model because he seems to hate the one he has now.
It seems like yesterday that my OBGYN confirmed my pregnancy and we (Hubby and I) heard baby’s first heart beat. Now, I’ve entered my third trimester and I’m thankful to have made it thus far; considering my rough first trimester. During my first trimester, I was put on temporary leave from work due to an extreme case of nausea and fatigue. My second trimester was plagued with the worse ligament pain I’ve ever experienced.
Moreover, my third and final trimester has been the easiest on me physically. No nausea and the ligament pain is less frequent. I can feel our baby kicking, turning, and rolling everyday; it brings me much joy.