It's peek a
boo baby time with your little one! Playing with your little one helps
him/her development an optimistic look on life, or so this article says.
If you're interested in learning the benefits to playing with your
little one, please check out the article below.
Peek-a-boo! Playtime helps baby develop an optimistic outlook on life.
A baby’s unselfconscious laughter is one of the happiest sounds you’ll
ever hear. But did you know that by playing with your baby, you’re doing
much more than simply having fun?
Those adoring gazes you share; all those games of patty-cake; the
suspense-filled moments waiting for the jack-in-the-box to appear and
the excited laughter when it does, are all helping baby develop an
optimistic outlook on life and an ability to regulate his own moods.
Newborn babies are helpless in more ways than one. Unable to affect
their own circumstances in even the smallest of ways, they’re also
unable to control their own feelings. When they’re sad, they’re sad.
There’s nothing they can do on their own to change their emotional
state. They depend entirely on mom, or other caregivers, to soothe and
comfort them; to help them navigate out of a sea of unpleasant sensation
into calmer waters.
In fact, experts say, the job of regulating a baby’s inner state is one
of the most important tasks of early parenthood. A mom who is responsive
to her baby’s cries is teaching him that it is possible to move from a
state of distress to one of contentment.
Of course, before many months have passed, baby will have to learn how
to accomplish the feat for himself.
And this is where playtime comes in.
When you spend time playing with baby, making him coo and smile and
laugh, you’re initiating and - most important - sharing his pleasurable
All this sharing, or what experts call “positive amplification” of
baby’s emotions, helps baby learn to invoke pleasurable sensations in
himself and to tolerate greater intensity of sensation before becoming
And you thought you were just playing peek-a-boo!
Karen Millard is writer-in-residence at
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