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Offer your baby to play with a mirror!

from 9 months to 1 year 6 months

What's a newborn's favorite thing to look at? A toy? Nope. A geometric shape? Not really. Your baby's preferred view: a human face. They're not picky about whose face it is, though, so grab a mirror, and offer your baby a chance to gaze at them own! Here's how you can get in on the reflection fun, and help bolster your baby's development.
Place a mirror against the wall and sit opposite it on the floor (not too far away, since a baby's eyesight is still a work in progress). Now plop your baby in your lap, leaning their back against your tummy. (This also makes for a great sibling activity: Big brothers or sisters can hold a hand mirror in front of the baby while you provide the lap.)Introduce your baby to their beautiful face by pointing at their reflection. Touch their nose, stroke their hair, gently pinch their ears, and name each feature as you go. Sure, your baby doesn't know what the words mean now, but they'll be delighted just the same!

Fasten an unbreakable mirror to the side of your baby's crib, or prop one up in front of them during tummy-time sessions for even more reflective fun. They may be more willing to stay belly-down (or coo contentedly in their crib - on their back, of course) if they have their own fascinating face for company.What's the point of looking in the looking glass? The mirror game helps your baby learn how to focus, track images, and explore the wonderful things a face can do. Plus, it promotes social and emotional development as they interact with you (and maybe their sibs). Eventually, they'll learn that the friendly face they'll been looking at all along is none other than their very own. Now that's a powerful lesson in who's who.

Make a photo of your baby playing with a mirror and upload to the App. How did you like the game?

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