With a rattle about eight to twelve inches above your babies head, shake it up and down and side to side.
Pause to see if your baby's eyes are "locked on" to the rattle.
When you think your baby is focused on the rattle, slowly move it from left to his right side.
Watch to see if your baby becomes disengaged at the "midpoint"...not unusual.
Shake the rattle to "re-engage" your baby's eye contact, and then continue moving the rattle to your baby's far right or left.
It's just that simple to stimulate the integration of the left and right hemispheres of your baby's brain!
BABY'S FIRST GAME: CROSSING THE MID-LINE
Play is a child's work and one of the very best first games for your baby is any game that involves crossing-the-midline. Crossing the midline refers to the ability to move one's eyes, hand, or foot from its natural field on one side of the body to the other. The brain's left and right hemispheres are designed to work together to process and relay information back and forth across the brain's midline structure- the corpus callosum. Although the left and right hemispheres each have very special roles, the brain functions as a whole and the better the connection between its sides, the more smoothly the whole bain is able to work. Simple baby games will help to enhance the integration of your baby's two hemispheres.