Here are some suggestions from the Bedminster Compass Point Satur-Dad's group
1. Drawing: Try drawing simple high contrast black and white shapes and patterns on paper. Get large paper and a thick pen if you're feeling artistic. Your new born baby can see in black and white and will best be able to focus on things about 10 inches away. Pay attention to the drawings they enjoy and try to make more of the same, or stimulate them with new designs.
2. Reading stories: Your baby already knows the tone and rhythm of your voice. Vary the pitch of your voice and put on different voices. They may not seem interested at first, but over time they will learn to love stories. 3. Touch & Baby massage: Skin to skin contact with your baby helps to soothe them, sleep better and is an important part of bonding. Wait for a time when your baby is awake, not hungry, happy and ready to explore. Make sure the room is warm but not too hot (17 - 20 degrees C) and you may want leave their nappy on. Place them on the bed or a changing mat and make sure you warm up your hand up first. Use a simple oil like sunflower oil or olive oil and rub a little gently into their skin.
4. Flashing lights: Who doesn't like flash lights? Try moving a torch about the room and encourage your child to follow it with their eyes. Remember your baby will find high contrast images most appealing.
5. Music: Got any instruments at home? You can pick up an old keyboard, ukulele or a shaker. Help them to press the keys by moving their hands. Try introducing your baby to your favourite band or artist. Don't feel like you have to listen to children songs. Bohemian rhapsody is sure to be a hit but avoid rock concerts as your baby will most likely find them too loud.
6. Talk, talk and more talk: If your sick of hearing yourself talk then you're doing the right amount if talking. Even though your baby may not be much of a conversationalist they are an excellent listener and will be absorbing every word to use at a later date. We do not recommend kite surfing until the age of 3. To find out more about your baby check out this free fathers operational manual for babies.