Mirror time

Babies like mirrors because they help them learn about themselves.

Sitting in front of a mirror can be very entertaining for your baby. Sit with them and encourage them to look and listen.

First, point to your baby’s face and label their eyes, nose, ears, mouth. You can do the same on your face too.

Encourage your baby to point to these parts too. You can help them by moving their hands and fingers.

Try sticking out your tongue to see if your baby copies you.

Pause often and see how your baby responds. Making sounds, smiling and copying you are signs your baby is learning while having fun.

Good to know

This helps your baby develop their sense of the world and their body. Teaching them to imitate you when you make faces helps prepare them to imitate sounds when they start learning to talk.

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