Your Baby and the Importance of Play

Play and your baby

Playing with your baby can create and support attachment, communication and caring  that will last you and your child’s lifetime. The magic of rhymes, songs and play will enrich the world of any child. A little fun and attention will go a long way with your baby. Know what and how to play with a baby can be a new experience for many parents.

Baby’s play has purpose. It develops physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills. It is also an important factor in the formation of identity and personality.

From birth, babies are ready for some sort of play. During the first few months, your baby will use their senses to play and learn. Babies will even play with their own fingers and toes. Nothing can substitute for the human touch and attention a baby receives when engaged in play with others. Even the youngest baby is in need of such attention.

If you are wondering what to do with your baby, remember that babies:

  • are more interested in the human face than any other object
  • love to be close to an adult. They love the sound of an adult’s voice and the sight of an adult’s face.
  • love to be carried when awake. A sling will let you do simple tasks in the house as well as provide entertainment.
  • like to lie on their backs looking at interesting things.
  • enjoy mobiles
  • will respond to singing
  • will respond to a variety of sounds. They like rattles, squeaky toys, music boxes, mobiles, etc. Your baby may even be stimulated by household noises like the vacuum, bells or splashing water. But, be aware of your baby becoming over stimulated.

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