Lap Games

As soon as your child can hold her head up, sit her on your lap. Gently rock or bounce her while you sing or recite a rhyme. Surprise her at the end by dipping her down. ‘Row, Row the Boat’, ‘Rock-a-bye Baby’ & ‘Down at the Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea’ work well.

 Adding a poem or song turns lap time into a language lesson. The more she hears, the better. She’s tuning in to communication.”

As your child gets older, she’ll start anticipating the next word in the rhyme. That’s a sign her cognitive recognition–the ability to remember, process, and adapt–is increasing. Follow her cues as to how much bouncing and dipping she feels like.

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