After the first few days home from the hospital, it’s time to consider how you can help your baby grow and develop over their first few years of life.
Your relationship with your baby is a special one, and it starts the day they are born. Over time, babies will become attached to their parents and the love and care they provide.
Newborns are tested for certain diseases right away. As your child grows, they will have additional screenings to make sure they are learning basic skills and behaviors on time.
All babies learn and develop at their own pace, but there are certain “milestones” that you and your baby’s doctor will track together, and ways to help your baby meet these milestones.
Talking, Singing, Reading, & Playing
It’s never too early to start talking, singing, reading, and playing with your child. These simple activities are great ways to help your baby learn and experience new things.
“Tummy time” is a great way to help your baby strengthen and learn new skills—but not every baby enjoys it at first. Over time, as they become stronger, they become more excited for time spent on their tummy.
Parents are the best teachers for their children. In order to learn, babies need one on one “conversations” and play, whereas computer programs and television do not provide the same experience.
Activities Around Town
Chicago has so many great offerings for adults and kids, so how do you decide what do with your baby? In a baby’s first few weeks, it’s best to limit the number of people they are exposed to, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional complications.
Bilingualism is a great way to celebrate your cultural heritage and help your baby develop language skills. Whether your family already speaks multiple languages or you want to teach your baby a new language, here are ways to encourage bilingualism.
Cultural Heritage & Identity
Your baby’s social environment is just as important as their physical environment. Your community can help to reinforce important parts of your baby’s culture or background and help them learn about the world.