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How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability during infancy. ( Birth to 12 months) – MOVER SKILLS

Although Mover Skills may not be needed for success in academic subjects, children who possess a Mover’s speed, agility, balance, and co-ordination are usually revered by their classmates, and thus gain an early social edge. Mover infants, of course, will be enthralled by any efforts to provide them with the sensory experiences they adore. Listeners, who prefer to talk rather than do, will respond best to verbal coaxing and play-by-play description of the activity at hand.  And Lookers, as always, will get the most from those Mover games and tasks to which visual stimulation has been added. The following ideas may be helpful.

Enhancing an Infant’s existing MOVER Skills

  • Breastfeed your baby, if possible. He’ll adore the skin –to- skin contact.
  • Learn to do infant massage, and treat your baby to this sensory experience often.
  • Provide a soft blanket. This will keep baby warm in winter, and will encourage relaxation and sleep.
  • Bathe with your infant. Holding him on your lapin the tub will maximize skin contact.
  • Offer crib dolls and stuffed animals for hugging and cuddling.
  • Attach a crib gym with suspended rings, bells, and knobs for baby to grab and kick at.
  • Provide toys your baby can push while standing.
  • Provide a swing.
  • Mover babies adore outdoor play in a sandbox.
  • With baby basketball, babies can dunk different colored balls through a hoop.

Encouraging the development of MOVER Skills in infants who are LOOKERS

  • After carefully checking the interior of an empty appliance carton for exposed staples, put a favorite toy inside to encourage your baby to crawl in, or creep inside the box yourself and invite your baby to follow.
  • Make a game of covering baby’s arms, foot, leg or abdomen with a folded cloth diaper or a face cloth and letting him work free of it.
  • Touch your baby as often as possible – hold him, rock him, hug him, and caress him. When he’s not in your arms, keep him near you in his cradle or infant seat for plenty of patting and stroking.
  • “Wear” your infant in a baby sling or front carrier. This increases skin contact between you and baby, makes him more of a participant in your chores and activities.
  • Supply a large, light –weight, brightly colored ball for the baby to roll, kick and toss.
  • Provide a set of small sandbox tools- a rake, a ladle, a shovel and a strainer, for instance to encourage sand play.
  • Fill a plastic dishpan with one inch of dry cereal, and give your baby cups and spoons to use in his indoor “sandbox”.
  • Make a game of pointing to an object and baby crawling to touch it – and later retrieve it.

Encouraging the development of MOVER Skills in infants who are LISTENERS

  • Allow your baby to move about without the restraint of a walker or playpen. Then verbally encourage his efforts.
  • Bring the books that Listeners love into the active play of bath time.
  • Sing while you’re rocking and holding baby. The sensations of touch will soon be associated with the comforting sensations of sound.
  • Sit with your baby in a wading pool. Talk about the fun you are having, the toys you’re playing with, and the feel of the water.
  • As a change of pace from the stroller, pull your baby around in a fenced wagon while describing the terrain of the backyard.
  • Supply a Bop Bag – an inexpensive inflatable toy with a character’s face and weighted bottom. No matter what your baby does to the inflated bag, it will always return to an upright position.
  • Talk about your baby’s actions and bring in his surroundings to his attention. This will reduce his anxiety about attempting large muscle activities.
  • Place a sofa cushion on the floor, and stay close by while your baby practices climbing up and over it.
  • Get a musical, light and sounds activity walker; award your Listener for taking those first steps.

As you work and play with your infant, please do not limit yourself to the suggestions above. Toy store inventories change constantly, so it may well be that an item you have decided to purchase now sits alongside a similar toy that’s even easier to use, or perhaps better suited to your baby. No one knows your child better than you, after all.  So now that you use the information in the website to determine your babies’s playing and learning needs, feel free to consider both your own tastes and your baby’s personality when making toy and techniques selections.

Please bear in mind that visible results may be slow when you attempt to encourage an infant’s weaker areas. And remember that efforts to round out your child’s development contradict his inborn sensory urges. You may not see signs of improvement, or even enjoyment, on your baby’s part for weeks. But gentle perseverance should eventually overcome your infant’s resistance.

Remember that your goal is a happy confident learner, not an honor student. Have fun, and be sure to enjoy every endearing moment of infancy as you interact with your baby.


Read my other articles for complete understanding of your CHILDS Learning Skills.

 To see how you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your infant yourself, click the links below.

How to Develop Child’s LISTNER Skills during INFANCY.

How to Develop Child’s MOVER Skills during INFANCY.

How to maximize Child’s LOOKER Skills during INFANCY.

To Take a Quick Check of your child’s Learning Styles, click the links below.

Learning Styles in INFANCY Quick Check (Birth to 12 months).

Learning Styles in Toddler Quick Check (13 months to 3 years).

Learning Style Quick Check in Preschooler (3-5 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Kindergarteners (5-6  years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Grade 1 (6-7 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Primary Scholar (9-10 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Teenager (13-14 years).

Learning style Quick Check for Parents.

See How  you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your Child during various stages, click the links below.

Infancy  (Birth to 12 months).

Toddler (13 months to 3 years).

Preschooler (3-5 years).

Kindergarteners (5-6  years).

Grade 1 (6-7 years).

Primary Scholar (9-10 years).

Teenager (13-14 years).

To determine your personal learning style and its influence on your child, click the links below.

Take the learning style Quick Check for Parents.

PARENTS Learning Styles and Life Styles Quick check

Why Identify and Modify Learning Style

How Parental Learning style influences a Child’s style

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