Baby games



For babies, play is the most valuable work there is:

Make some noise together. All kinds of songs that you sing (loud and soft, fast and slow, all sorts of rhythms), bashing pots and pans (hit them softly, then hard), and making animal sounds will amuse your baby.

Encourage exploration. Create a safe environment that encourages exploring and floor time and the development of skills such as crawling.

Play. Games like pat-a-cake and peekaboo are great. Babies also love touching different parts of your face, and having you gently touch theirs.

Bounce baby on your knee while singing. They will enjoy rhyming songs with a surprise ending.

Talk with your baby.

Read to your baby. For babies, books are for more than just reading. They're fascinating toys to chew on, play with in the bath, feel new textures in, and even look at. If you read together often, your baby will soon realise that this activity is a lovely way of spending special time together.  Here is some suggestions for books your baby will love.

Other ideas:

Help your baby learn to roll, if he hasn't already.

Hand and eyes working together :

  • Blow bubbles for your baby to watch

  • Roll a soft ball across the floor for baby to see. Ball game ideas.

    Hand baby a toy, first to one hand and then the other. Soon baby will learn to transfer the toy from one hand to the other all by them self.

Let your baby be your guide when selecting activities: What new skills is he working on? What sorts of toys get his attention? What makes him smile?

If a particular activity seems stressful or frustrating, stop and give it a try another day.

Remember that all babies develop at different speeds, usually with spurts and plateaus.

Consult with your Early Childhood Centre nurse, G.P. or Paediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby's development.

Many thanks to: eHow Parenting Editor raising children network 


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