Ages and Stages of Play ~ Babies

November 28, 2011

Babies learn about their world by seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting and touching.

Arrange pictures around your baby’s room.  Focusing on the pictures and mobiles hung over the crib strengthens your baby’s eye muscles and encourages your baby to be alert.  Be sure to change the position of the crib and pictures often. 

When baby is able to hold things, soft rattles and squeaky toys will help your baby to feel different textures and hear different sounds.

A crib gym set will help physical growth.

Singing and cuddling are important ways that parents can take part in play with their babies.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Be available to play
  • Respond to baby’s cues
  • Smile at baby.  Let baby play with your fingers
  • Talk with baby
  • Play Pat-A-Cake
  • Play Peek-A-Boo and hiding games
  • Make faces in a mirror
  • Sing to baby
  • Name objects as you give them to baby