How can we stimulate our little ones through play? How can we teach emotional education to a baby? How important is sensory stimulation? Lucía, my pediatrician has answered these and many other questions in an IGLive that we did this Monday with our friends from Miniland.
“Babies are born with an immature brain and it is structured with neural connections that are produced thanks to external stimuli. So what they need in those first months is that we hold them a lot, that we give them a lot of pampering. A lot of arm. It’s something that, moreover, The fact that crying is consoled in arms gives us a lot of information. If that doesn’t happen, we have reason to worry,” he explained.
On the other hand, the game is a fundamental right of each and every one of the children, as well as a fundamental tool for their development. “All children deserve to play, and play well. It is as important as food or rest”continues Lucía, my pediatrician. For this reason, he recommends construction games, stackables, stuffed animals, toys that stimulate symbolic play and stories, yes, all suitable for each age.
“All children deserve to play, and play well. It is something as important as food or rest”, Lucía, my pediatrician.
During our talk, the popularizer and writer has also revealed to us which toys are completely unnecessary and inappropriate for our children:
The tacatás and walkers, due to their high risk of accidents and head injuries. “Giving a tacatá to a child who doesn’t walk yet is like giving a Ferrari to a teenager who doesn’t have a driver’s license yet”he has told us.
The screens. They are not recommended until the age of two because they are counterproductive. “They can cause a delay in language. It is true that they make the task easier for parents, but we have to know that they are not good for them. In the end it is like giving them chocolates, a punctual one is fine, but they should not be something daily and they form part of the routine,” he says.
Instead, what is always welcome is music. “At any age. In fact there is a study that says that children who play an instrument or go to the conservatory do better at school”.
Throughout the IGLive, Lucía, my pediatrician, has also explained to us the neurodevelopment of children, because she considers that it is something vital that parents must know. It is one of the main reasons for concern and it is necessary to know when they usually grab objects, throw objects, walk, talk… in order to detect possible disorders. Although, although it is true, each child has his rhythm and her needs.
“Today there are no excuses for not talking about emotions with our children”, Lucía, my pediatrician
In addition, it has also highlighted the importance of emotional education as a constant task that begins at birth and has given us guidelines to work on it with our children, no matter how old they are. “Today there are no excuses not to talk about emotions with them. The important thing in education is always common sense“, he stressed.