Family experiences may be familiar, like holidays or a birthday. They can also be new for everyone in the family, such as a vacation to a new destination or moving to a new home or city.
When the experience is new to your baby or young child, you can watch carefully to see what draws your baby's attention. For example, every family has its own way of celebrating the holidays:
Even though we know all about these things as adults, your baby is probably not ready to learn everything. All children learn more about family traditions each time they are experienced.
This year, your baby looks and listens. Next year, your baby will be a toddler, and interested in things to touch and taste.
As your baby grows up, the routines of the holiday, the details, and the language, will become important. Follow your baby's lead for now; name the interesting things to look at, and the interesting sounds to hear. Listen and look together. Include your baby in the celebration to lay a foundation for next year.
When relatives and good friends visit, you have the chance to introduce your baby to new people who will be important later on.
Sometimes a major experience is a change for everyone. Moving or going on a vacation to a new place can be stressful as well as fun.
Remember that minor experiences, like going to the grocery store, church or library, or having a baby-sitter are still a change in routine.