There's good news - effective baby stimulation can be done cheaply,
with very little effort, by all parents… and at home.
Many parents instinctively know that they can do a few things to
encourage and stimulate their baby's development. But many lack exact
Babies learn important skills mainly by going through specific
development experiences. Unfortunately, there isn't only one experience
to teach them everything.
From time to time it happens that a baby doesn't learn and master all
the skills. That's when development or learning problems occur.
Baby stimulation programs try to avoid this problem by taking your baby
through the complete range of development experiences.
But what most parents don't know is... they do not need expensive things
to get great results. In fact, they can easily do the same at home.
All they need to do is to use the right TOOLS to encourage their
TOOLS is an acronym for the 5 areas to specifically encourage in your
Let's look at these 5 areas separately:
T - Tiny… or fine movement development
Give your baby things to develop hand and finger skills. Encourage your
baby to reach out and take big objects, use index fingers to point to
objects, put objects in containers and take them out again, roll and
throw objects, hold crayons, scribble spontaneously, build blocks on top
of each other, put lids on bowls, preferring one hand as a dominant one,
play with syrup and feathers and, draw horizontal and vertical lines.
O - Overall… that's total or also called gross motor development
Give your child playthings or play games to encourage overall body
movement… like rolling, sitting, crawling, kneeling, standing, walking,
climbing, jumping and running.
When buying toys, chose playthings such as a roller, wheelbarrow,
wagon... or any other solid push-pull toy. Also, balls are typical
evergreen toys never to be overlooked - even for young ones.
O - Observe… that's visual encouragement
One key area baby stimulation activities must develop is the abilities
to see, focus and follow specific moving objects, distinguish faces,
look for objects like toys which are dropped and focus on nearby objects
or ones further away.
Also… encourage your child to place squares and circles in a form board.
Puzzles are great aids here. It's also great exercise to encourage
recognizing detail and faces in pictures and photographs.
L - Listen… hearing or also called auditory stimulation
Encourage using words, vowels like "a" and "o", nouns like "m" and "p",
sounds like "ka" and "ma", reacting on mother's voice, reacting on
simple instructions, using one word sentences, recognizing own name,
understanding "no", simple questions and verbs like "drinking"…
"eating", and, starting to recognize common objects.
This simply means… communicate with your baby.
S - Sense… feel… smell... also known as sensory stimulation
Give your baby chance to learn and experience common smells and
textures. Any smell such as fruit, food, soap, perfume and textures such
as sand, water, leaves and even clothing materials are wonderful
Babies learn a lot by feeling and sensing things... that's one of the
reasons why they stick everything in their mouth.
These 5 key areas are definite parts of overall baby development.
Together they form a vital range of skills every baby must develop
sooner or later.
Thus, whether you play, buy educational toys or undertake any other
activity with your child, make sure you include every part of this TOOLS
It's a simple, proven way to ensure your baby gets all the right things