The lack of stimulus during the first months of life can affect the baby’s psychological, emotional and social development, leading to setbacks in their intellectual abilities, issues with interacting and difficulty dealing with their own feelings. In the future, the child can face other problems, such as understanding limits, obesity and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), among others.
In some cases, in an attempt to positively influence their child’s evolution, many mothers end up overly incentivizing them. To learn what the ideal dose is, be aware of these signs.
- Overstimulated babies tend to become nervous and cry a lot, especially during mundane activities such as changing a diaper and bathing.
- A restless child moves a lot, moving their arms and legs frequently and isn’t entertained by toys or exploring other objects. In the crib, rarely they’ll stay calm.
- Unorganized sleep: their resting pattern is irregular, both during the day and night. They’ll wake up several times.
- Noisey places where lights are on constantly can excessively stimulate the child. Even during the day, avoid leaving the TV on all the time. As nighttime approaches, the ambiance light should dim a little, providing a tranquil environment that the child can understand that means it’s time to sleep.
- Always aim to play with your child after they’ve rested or during the day, to avoid overly straining them. As bedtime nears, you should start using a calmer tone of voice and slowly ease the child into rest mode.