Mirror activity is one of the enthralling ways for your baby to learn about his face and the activities he can perform with it.
Take a mirror. Show your baby how you poke your tongue out, wrinkle your nose, pull faces, make animal sounds, etc. in front of the mirror. Then the baby looking into the mirror, you waggle her ears, spread talcum powder on her nose, wave her hand.
Waggle your ears,
Wave you hand,
Do this a few times.
It can be done holding the baby on your laps. The older infants can stand in front of the mirror and the too young babies can lie on their tummies in front of the mirror. After a few weeks when the baby knows the words and actions, you can add new ones. But keep doing this together. Maybe by this time your baby will let you know what actions she wants to do.
You should know
– This game helps your baby learn more about self.
– When an infant is younger than 18-24 months old, while he develops a sense of self as separate from others, he will not be able to recognize himself in the mirror. But some of the older babies of the age of 12-24 months old can realize that they see themselves in the mirror.
– Let your baby spend as much time on the carpet on her tummy as she needs it. Thus you will give her opportunities to develop the abdominal muscles. The overindulgence of baby walkers and other supporting equipment prevents your infant’s development.
– The development of abdominal muscles is essential for good focused eyesight. This is natural as the baby would need the abdominal muscles to push herself along while focusing on an object that is her goal on the ground.
– The one-month old babies can imitate their parents’ face expression by poking their tongues out or puckering their lips. And the older ones can already do it in front of the mirror.
– Stimulating visual experiences speed up the development of visual pathways in the brain. The abdominal muscles in the tummy are also the gross muscles that help the eyes to move.