In his or her first few weeks of life, closeness and physical contact are extremely important for your baby. Make sure you cuddle your baby often or simply hold him or her in your arms. Nappy changing and bath times are a good opportunity for stroking or a baby massage. As long as your baby enjoys it, you can also play with his or her little arms and legs.
At an age of two to three months, your baby will begin to show an interest in his or her first toys. A mobile placed over the cot or cradle is a particularly suitable toy. So-called activity centres offer various playing possibilities aimed at developing motor skills. Without doubt, your baby will also love to play with simple household objects.
Babies enjoy it when you speak or sing to them. Your baby’s speech development is significantly influenced in the first half year of his or her life. Don’t be ashamed of the "baby language" that you will find yourself speaking automatically; babies enjoy the bright and friendly intonation and the repetition of syllables and words.
Babies can also show great interest in music – the louder and more rhythmical, the better! You can encourage your child’s musical sense by dancing, rocking in time and clapping. Soon your baby will clap by himself or herself and make noises by shaking a rattle or banging objects together.
Try to spend as much time as possible with your child outdoors. Both parents and babies benefit greatly from walks in nature.
From time to time, clinics and infant healthcare centres organise a variety of courses for you and your child. Ask your infant healthcare centre for more information and visit our Courses and Lectures page to see the events on offer at our Hirslanden clinics.
Your baby will enjoy, both in body and spirit, the special baby massage that you can begin to perform from an age of approximately three months. Massage promotes blood flow to the skin, heart function and circulation, strengthens the muscular system and enhances the relationship between parent and child. Stroking helps your child to remain calm in stressful situations.
Most babies feel completely at home in water, and love to play, kick and generally splash around. Movement in the water supports your child’s development by training muscles that are not (yet) required on land and by teaching your baby how to better coordinate his or her movements. You can learn a variety of games and exercises at a baby swimming course.
The Prager Parent Child Programme (PChiP) is designed for parents and infants aged between 6 weeks and 12 months. The programme introduces you to movement games and simple toys, which playfully encourage your baby’s development in accordance with his or her psycho-social and physical needs. Ask your infant healthcare centre for information about current courses.