The Benefits Of Peek-A-Boo

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Peek-a-boo may be a simple game that any parents can play with their little ones anywhere and anytime. But do you know that playing peek-a-boo will benefit your baby’s development? In fact, different researches have shown that this game boosts your baby’s brain development. By playing this game regularly., your baby will not only be able to judge and remember well but also be prepared for the process of being more independent from their 9th month onwards. Let’s check out the benefits of playing peek-a-boo to your baby.

Play Peek-A-Boo Help Your Baby Learn About Object Permanent

Experts on children’s brain and development say that playing peek-a-boo will help babies under 2 years old learn that something exists even though they can’t see it. If you hide your face and show it again after a moment to your baby constantly, they will start to understand that your face is still there and only goes away for a moment.  Learning that even though mom disappears but you are still with them will make your baby feel safe and protected. Therefore, trust is being formed between your baby and you. This skill also helps your baby improve their problems solving later.

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Peek-A-Boo Help Your Baby Learn About Being Patient.

When playing peek-a-boo, your baby will learn that they have to wait a little time to see you again. Therefore, playing this game is a way to stimulate the brain to get used to waiting and be patient. From this basic skill,  your baby will gradually be patient when you do other things like going to the toilet, cooking, or working.

It will help your baby develop their memory and making decision skill

An infant’s brain is always ready to learn and develop at a very fast pace in the first year of birth. Your baby will be more intelligent when they play brain-stimulating games.  Peek-a-boo will help you practice your baby’s abilities of focusing, remembering, and predicting. While playing peek-a-boo with you, your baby will have to focus on remembering which way that you disappeared. Remembering the direction will help them predict where you will show up. 

Encourage Your Baby Motor Development

When your baby grows up and gets used to the peek-a-boo mechanic, you can vary the way to play this game or promote it to hide and seek. For example, you can hide your baby’s favorite toys and let them find it. By giving objects for your baby to find, you will help them develop their reaching, eye-hand coordination, and the ability to focus as well. Later when your baby tries to crawl around to find their toys, it will boost their agility, balance, and muscles to prepare for other movement skills like standing or running.

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Help Your Baby Develop Emotions, Communication, And Language Skills

As your baby learns how to talk by mimicking you, saying ‘’peek-a-boo”, “where’s mommy?”, and “‘here I am” while playing will help your baby develop their foundations for making a conversation with you. Your baby will learn how to raise their tone to ask questions as well as learn how to call you mommy. On top of that, Your baby will have so much fun and laughter while playing this game. When you suddenly disappear and show up again, your baby will experience surprise and anticipation. Seeing their mommy again makes your baby feel excitement and happiness as well.  Later, when your baby grows bigger, they will know how to take a turn doing things and how to play with others. This will help them be more confident and more independent.

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Here you go, now you have the benefits of peek-a-boo to your baby’s development. Peek-a-boo can be considered as one of the simplest games that contribute to the first speech-learning skill in a newborn’s life. You should try to spend some time playing this game with your baby every day. Do you have any interesting ways to play this game? Please share them with us in the comments!

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