Physical/Motor Development – Speech muscles
Moms and dads should talk to their babies more, provide them with a rich language environment, and promote their early speech. In fact, language development is not only the accumulation of vocabulary, but also promotes the coordination of the baby’s lips, tongue, cheeks, vocal cords, and throat muscles. Usually, mothers can make the baby experience the fun of vocalization through some small games of oral movements, and promote the flexibility of oral movements.
1. Blow and blow
When the mother is playing with the baby, she can try to blow gently on his cheek to make him feel the airflow. When your baby is older, ask him to imitate your mouth and try to blow. If he is not good at blowing, you can use some small props, such as a small windmill, feathers or small pieces of paper, to inspire him.
2. Play with the mouth
When the baby can “slap” his lips, you can start playing “kiss” games with the baby, which not only can promote the baby’s ability to close his lips, but also increase the baby’s intimacy with the mother.
3. Play with toungue
Apply some cream or sugar water around the baby’s lips, and let the baby try to stick his tongue out of the mouth and move up and down or left and right; or make some single sounds for the baby to learn, which can promote tongue flexibility.
4. Chew and chew
Babies start receiving complementary foods around 6 months, and many babies begin to grow teeth when they are 6 months old, so chewing is important. At this time, you can train your baby to eat foods that are easy to chew, such as molars, bread, or other semi-solid, solid foods. When your baby is more than one year old, you can cut the food into smaller pieces to allow him to practice the act of “biting” and train the coordination of his tongue, teeth and oral movements.