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From the time they are born, babies need and want to move. Even very new babies can turn their head towards a noise or in response to a touch. Later, babies are able to move their arms and legs when they are excited or if they need something. Soon they are reaching and grasping, rolling over and crawling.
By moving, babies can explore their world. Apart from helping them to grow physically strong and healthy, babies develop thinking, problem solving and communication skills, and gain confidence through movement. So encourage your baby to always be "on the move".
If you would like to find out more, have a look at these "On the Move" tips from the Zero to Three organisation.
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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