Gather your child’s favorite stuffed animals. Pick one toy and ask your toddler to pick his “cuddler,” too. Encourage him to touch and stroke the toy. Then swap toys. Ask him to cuddle and gently kiss the toy on the forehead. Hold and cuddle your child this time. Let him give the instructions as you follow his lead.
Brain research says: Babies need to be touched to stimulate brain connections. The brain then releases hormones that allow the child to grow physically.
Leticia Peñano-Ho, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and neurotherapist, PsychPros, Inc., Xanland tower, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Mila De Leus-Bascon, preschool coordinator and Infant-Toddler Development Program educator, Community of Learners School for Children, New Manila, Quezon City
Brain Games by Jane Kemp, Claire Walters, and Dr. Dorothy Einon