The first months of life – a time when the crumb develops with incredible speed. Every day he learns something new. considers, tastes, palpates, experiments.
And in order for the kid’s vision, hearing, touch, thinking, motility to develop effectively and in a timely manner, our task is to provide the little researcher with a variety of objects for study. Best of all with this task developing mats.
1. The rug promotes the active development of the child even without the participation of adults. The surface of the developing rug is arranged in a very tricky way.
As a rule, it consists of materials of different texture (smooth, rough, fluffy, rustling). And it stimulates the tactile sensitivity and sensory baby. Often on the rug there are different elements and toys, which you can grab, pull, nibble, open something, look somewhere.
The rug can also be musical: the kid pressed the sensor in the process of crawling with a pen – and there something squealed, played, barked … The more various “secrets” on the rug, the better. Looking into the pockets, lifting the valves, pulling the laces, peeling off and gluing the velcro, the kid will develop thinking and curiosity, train the coordination of movements and fine motor skills.
2. A little insure against grief. If the rug has sides, at first it can play the role of the arena, i.e. to ensure the safety of the baby.
3. Playing its usual role – bedding. You can lay it on the floor in the room and put the baby, take a rug with you for a walk, to a forest picnic, to the country and even to the beach.
At the age of 1-3 months there is no need for a large rug. While the baby is not too mobile and does not know how to roll over on the tummy, he will not be able to crawl away.
The main thing is that the rug is bright, and the drawings and patterns on it are contrasting. The most convenient way is to put the mat on the floor (just make sure there are no drafts), and on top of it – a crumb on the back or tummy.
Lying on his stomach, the baby will be able to examine bright patterns, touch the rug with his hands. If the house is not cold, you can lay your baby on the mat naked for a few minutes. So the crumb will touch the surface of the whole body, which is very useful for its development.
If arcs are attached to the rug, you can hang on them not only the toys that come in the kit, but also any other small toys. The kid will be able to examine them, lying on the back.
3–7 months is the age period when the mat will be especially useful for the baby. The child tries to move actively, learns to roll over from his back to his tummy, and later back, rises on the handles, makes attempts to crawl, begins to study everything that surrounds him.
And the rug will gradually turn from just a litter into a developing game center. The child’s attention will be attracted by various “chips” built into the mat: a mirror, toys, teethers for teeth, etc.
He will reach out to them with his hands purposefully, touch, stroke, rustle, grab, try to try for a tooth.
Slapping on the rug with hands and feet, the crumb can independently “turn on” different melodies and sounds, which, on the one hand, will entertain him, on the other – develop thinking. At first it will come out by chance.
But gradually, the baby will master cause-and-effect relationships and figure out that he can play music of his own accord. You just need to click in the right place. Toys suspended on arcs and attached to the carpet itself will stimulate the baby’s desire to reach out and grab them.
From time to time, replace hanging toys in some places, replace them with new ones. All this will help the baby to develop harmoniously in several directions at once.
By 8 – 10 months the activity of the baby increases, he no longer wants to lie in one place. Therefore, it will crawl from the mat. But the rug will still be useful to him.
Surely the child loved him, and therefore he would be happy to examine familiar drawings, show painted animals and other characters at your request, listen and repeat sounds, look in the mirror. If there are small sides, for the crumbs it will be a kind of sports simulator: it’s not so easy to get over them.
You can seat the child on the mat, give a variety of toys and play with him.