How to make an eight month old baby learn new things?

Shweta - posted on 10/07/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all
This is Shweta am a new member in this group my baby girl is eight month old she gets bored off very easily,
with all activities what should i try to engage her & make her learn new things?

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Sonya - posted on 10/07/2013

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You do not have to 'make' her learn new things. Just by living, looking and hearing she learns. Have her with you when you bake, cook, garden, read. She will want to be right where you are. Gardening is the best. Put her in the dirt--she will eat it. It washes off and goes through. (I've had some pretty nasty diapers, if I gardened too long.) But she won't be bored and you will be busy.

When you cook, give her pots, pans, spoons and stirring utensils that she can sit and play. It may even keep her stationary long enough to pull together a complete dinner---but don't count on it.

When you bake, sit her on the counter beside your bowl. She will taste everything you put it the bowl, if you let her. It helps to give her a spoon.

I have eight boys---they do not get bored, they stay busy...or I give them a job.
It's your job, at this point to just let her explore, the world is at her fingers. Nature is one of the best places to allow them...stroller walks in a park, going to a beach with sand, water and dirt are the best entertainers for any age.

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Tracy - posted on 10/20/2013

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forget the "engaging her" and "making" her learn new things. Sometimes we can forget just how new EVERYTHING is to our little ones. At the grocery store, simply holding a can of something can be a complete "lesson". There are colors, weight, textures, letters, numbers, etc... Does this can feel different than that can? Does one have ridges and the other not? One bright yellow and another dark blue? Heavy and light? LOL, what does it TASTE like? Smell like? Do different cans make different noises? Best part is, all she needs is for you to hand her something that interests her and SHE will turn it into 1000 lessons for herself. Plus she can see you interacting with other things and people. Those are another 50,000 lessons she is learning at every moment. Do you interact with this person different than that person? Why? Social hierarchy, gender differences, age differences, etc... all of this is critical and she does this on her own. You just have to provide her the opportunities to touch and explore things as well as just WATCH what is happening around her. If she is always "engaged" in something YOU see as a lesson, she won't be learning the things she will really need later on. ;)

Lilie - posted on 10/15/2013

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Tummy time is the best. I go from that to a walker to a bouncer with activity attached. I also do some Doman method things like powerpoint of words in large red letters, set of 10 at a time, and dots for math. These take seconds. Also, letting her hold on to your fingers and lifting her to see how long she holds on. This is also really good for brain development and strengthening. You can find different textured items and let her feel them, which is great for sensory development. Also, talking to her, and listening. They actually have a lot to say. You can also come up with a rhyme or find one you like and repeat often. Then after a few days let her fill in one of the rhyme words, like every other rhyme word. You'll find she actually makes a sound in place for the word. After a while it may actually sound like the word. After a couple hours she's hungry, then she'll go for another couple hours again, same routine, and then takes a nap. I'm also interested to see what other parents do.

Sally - posted on 10/11/2013

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The easiest way to help a small child not be bored is to leave them alone. If you're constantly at her with activities, it's more likely that she's overstimulated than bored (in babies the signs are very similar).
Sonya is right. Let her live life with you. Show and tell her what you're doing and whenever safe let her participate. When she has the freedom to explore (and a reason to do so), she'll entertain herself and learn far more on her own than you could ever "teach" her.

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