The Power of Parenting

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Playtime: Birth to 6 Months

Making objects and people disappear and reappear, such as when you play Peek-a-boo, is sure to delight your baby. Try different variations.

Toys that make noise are fun for your little one. Being able to shake something and have an immediate response (noise) encourages your baby to experiment with objects.

Using your hand to "act out" games and verses will help your baby pay attention to the rhythm of words. And as he gets older, he can imitate the actions. Some favourites are "Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock," "Eensy, weensy spider," and "I'm a little teapot."

Rocking and bouncing games can encourage your baby to learn about music and rhythm and about her own body. They can be played on your lap and on the floor as your baby gets older. An example would be "Ride-a-horse" while you gently bounce her on your lap. She may want to stand up and bounce too. Make sure your baby is enjoying the game - don't force it.

Objects with different textures are fun for your baby to feel, such as textured fabric or different types of paper, like corrugated cardboard - under your supervision, of course.

Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort: Comforting and nurturing interactions with your baby help her to feel connected to you and know that familiar people in her life enjoy spending time with her.

Play: Gentle bounces, finger plays, and peek-a-boo games encourage your baby to enjoy moving, hearing the music of language and paying attention to the people and things he plays with.

Teach: Toys with textures and those that make sounds are excellent for helping your baby to explore the world around her with her senses.