Your Baby and the Importance of Play

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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. Knowing what and how to play 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, so by encouraging the development of your baby’s senses, intellectual growth will also be stimulated. Babies will even stimulate themselves by playing with their hands and feet. 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, and love the sound of an adults voice and the sight of an adult face
  • love to be carried around when awake. A baby sling works great.
  • like to lie on their backs looking at interesting things
  • enjoy mobiles
  • will respond to singing. Babies love to hear the sound of a familiar voice.
  • will respond to a variety of sounds. They will be stimulated by rattles, squeaky toys, music boxes, musical mobiles and other similar toys.

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