Play Makes Babies Smarter

I have to admit that sometimes articles like this overwhelm me.  You mean just by smiling at my baby, I’ll be helping him develop social skills that will impact him for the rest of his life?!  You’re telling me that simply playing with blocks, my child will be developing language and mathematical skills?!  It makes me wonder if I’ll do enough of the little things correctly and if I miss something, will my child be irreversibly screwed up?!

I realize that most of parenting will be about instinct.  Of course I’m going to smile at my baby.  Yes, I’ll be playing with him…sometimes with blocks.

This article from Parenting is all about how free play makes babies smarter.  It’s really interesting.  I had no idea that my child will be developing his impulse control by playing with others, or that he’s actually developing concentration if he’s so engrossed in his activity that he doesn’t look up when I call his name.    I think what interested me the most is that simple, open-ended toys are actually the best for child development instead of a lot of the electronic toys that simply entertain a child when they push a button. It makes sense – if a child needs to interact with a toy, they’re going to become a more active child.

There are so many things to think about when it comes to parenting!  But this is definitely a concept that makes sense. :)

Comments

  1. >It's so funny the things you think of when you're pregnant. I was so scared for my baby to come out b/c I just knew that "the best mother" I'd ever be was when he was inside me. LOL And you know what? We all do pretty well once they come out. You learn along with your baby and a lot of it is by instinct. But, you will learn from other moms going through the same stuff you're going through and from moms who have already gone through it. BTW, my son's Bday is April 26th! He will be 7 when yours is supposed to be born. Following you from Bloggy Moms!Michellehttp://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com

  2. >You'll be a great mama! New follower here, and (as a new mom myself) I just wanted to share that you should take articles like that with a grain of salt. Love, hug, and play with your baby and they'll be wonderful :)Breawww.becomingbrea.com

  3. >Thank you, Michelle and Brea!

  4. >Oh, but the electronic toys are so much more fun for aunties to purchase for their little nephews! :)

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