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Encouraging and exploration of the environment may include things that may get a little messy. Parents should try letting their infant/toddler help with cooking or baking. Giving them their own small bowl of flour and allowing them to explore different textures with their own hands initiates independence and self esteem. This also helps them with cause and effect, such as getting it all over them or spilling it show them something happens to things they touch. Infants can also join in by being set close to where things are happening. Talking to them and explaining to them what you are doing can promote interest in later months when they are able to join with hands on activities.
While engaging in any activity, get down to a baby or small child’s level. This helps mentoring their cognitive and social skills. Sitting on the floor or laying next to them while they play or read also gives guidance and extends their skills. Always use positive praise during play and encourage their imagination. Responding to their cues helps promote their vocabulary and communication. Celebrate their developmental advances by applauding their accomplishments.
Babies have a keen sense of exploration. Instead of redirecting or confining them, allow them to discover things on their own. By baby proofing their environment, they will have more freedom to explore without having to be redirected constantly. It is even beneficial to lift them up out of their level and show them things such as light switches, turning on and off faucets, looking out windows. This extends their curiosity and promotes their need for more exploration.
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