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Gentle Touch

Time

  • 5 to 10 minutes

Materials

  • None

Directions

Using special care handling babies sends strong messages of love and care. As you talk to your baby softly, you can pay special attention to the ways that you lift and move them to let them know how nice human contact can feel.

Extensions

  • Massage a body part gently, such as the arms or legs, and talk about what you are doing.
  • Nuzzle your baby close to your face and whisper softly.
  • Tell your baby what you are doing when you dress him or change his diapers.
  • Respond to crying as soon as you can, showing that you understand the need for attention, whatever the reason.

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Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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