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Have some fun with your baby once they are old enough to sit on your lap in front of a mirror. Try on different hats and wigs and talk to your baby while you do it. Talk about the colour of the hat or wig, whether it is hard or soft, and who might wear it. Put the hat on your head and the baby's head and swop it around. If a hat or wig suggests a character put on an act - posh lady, policeman, clown, animal character. Watch yourselves and have a laugh.
It's important to spend fun time with your baby and to talk with them all the time. Even though they are not talking they are listening intently. Apart from bonding with your baby and giving them confidence, it lays a good foundation for future language and communication skills.
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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