Early stimulation is based on providing the baby with an environment rich in physical and mental stimuli to facilitate their learning, they are a set of activities that we can do from birth to six years.
Well done stimulation can positively stimulate him to speak, crawl or improve his motor skills. Normally it is the parents who begin to stimulate the baby to acquire these skills. With all our good intentions we try to teach him but sometimes we tend to make certain stimulation errors. These are 5 things that we usually do wrong when stimulating the baby and that impair their learning.
As first-time parents, we make hundreds of mistakes, that's a fact. We learn by trial and error, however, some of these mistakes can impair a child's learning or natural development. Knowing what we tend to do wrong and what we do wrong when stimulating the baby is very important:
- Force you: We parents are in a great hurry for the baby to start walking or crawling. We read manuals on how we can encourage him to take the first steps and how we should do it, and we forget the fundamentals, wait for the baby to be ready. "My son does not want to sit or crawl," a friend told me who, overwhelmed, took her baby to a physiotherapist because she believed that he had to crawl, after trying games and activities at home and not achieving anything. The expert, of course, told him to wait, the time would come because his son had no problem. During this time, he only managed to frustrate the baby and spend a few sleepless nights thinking that the child had some motor problem.
- Overstimulate the baby: we do not need to create a gymkhana of activities for our baby, sensory boxes, intelligence bits, activities to improve their spatial, motor, and prehensile conception ... It is a baby, we must not overexert it or spend the day in a constant testing to achieve new skills. It is enough to play some stimulation games for a few minutes, and always without overwhelming him, respecting his times and doing it through fun games.
- Make stimulation an obligation: assigning tasks to the baby from the first stages does not work, it is a mistake and the baby will end up rejecting that time of day. Stimulation must always be done through play, at times when our child is ready, calm, without sleep or hunger. Never day after day, in the same place and at the same time.
- Compare with other children: "as my neighbor's son already writes when he is three years old, I am going to make him do calligraphy", "my nephew already says words in English, I am going to teach him the language from now on" ... Each child is a world, perhaps one can make strokes and scribbles with 2 years and another cannot even take the pencil until later. Respecting the child's development and knowing his limits is essential. Otherwise we can cause a rebound effect and block the learning of writing or another language.
- Losing patienceChildren need a calm, relaxed and stimulating environment, not a short-tempered parent who tries to do an activity with bits of intelligence, and because they don't get a positive reaction, they get angry and scold the baby or child. He even yells at you because he can't hold the spoon correctly or because he can't get a word right. There are parents who come to label the baby "this child is clumsy." We should never use aggressiveness or bad manners, it is an attitude totally opposite to the idea of stimulating the baby.
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