Play Activities For Babies Aged 1 To 12 Months
There are a number of activities for babies that you can do with your baby for your baby. You do not always need to use toys to stimulate your baby. Keep in mind timing is everything. Baby will be most responsive to playfulness when they are both alert and unfussy. When they are miserable they are either wet, hungry or tired and do not want to play.
Activities For Babies – Read To Your Child
Try to spend at least 20 minutes reading to your baby until he/she can read for themselves. When your baby is old enough to under stand ask questions such as “Can you see the car? Where is the car?” Let your baby point to where the car is.
Build up a small library for your baby, later on he/she will look through the books and build up their own stories.
Here are some books that I think your child will love.
Baby’s First Book (Little Golden Book) – Great pictures, it is a simple book that babies will love.
Soft Book Cloth Book Baby Toddler First Word Book – Do you have wiggle worm that cannot sit still. Now they have a book to keep them still for a for minutes. They can enjoy the book without you worrying about book wont.
There are a lot of books out there, Amazon often has 2nd hand books that are in a good condition, and you can get it for a steal.
Activities For Babies – Recite Nursery Rhymes
Nursery Rhymes (Sing-along) Board book – The book has touch and feel textures for your baby to explore.
Play the cd when you are busy, your baby may seem not to listen but believe you me, they hear the cd and the rhymes get stuck in the memory.
Activities For Babies – Listen to Music With Your Baby
Sing songs in the car when shopping, play music and clap your hands to the beat. You must have some songs he can listen to and that is made for babies, and music you love.
First Songs Library – has soothing songs for your baby to listen too.
Your baby needs to be physical so be prepared to get down on the floor and interact with your baby through play. Infants should not sit for more than an hour at a time when they are awake.
Activities For Babies – Tummy time is essential to your babies physical and mental growth. You will be amazed at what they learn on their tummies. They strengthen their neck and other muscles as they wiggle about. Your baby sees the world from a different view, it also helps prevent your a flat head, that babies tend to get when lying on their backs all the time.
Newborn to 3 months – Put your baby’s chest on a rolled-up towel for a few minutes while awake to play. Place toys on both sides of your baby’s head, close enough for your baby to see them.
When they are stronger and can lift their heads, use baby mirrors and toys around your baby to help encourage your baby to reach. You could get a Activity Gym but it is not necessary. This strengthens the neck and upper-body muscles. Increase tummy time as your baby gets older and stronger.
Play Peek-A-Boo while lying on your tummy, hold a blanket or small pillow between you. This will encourage your baby to grab the blanket or pillow.
Place baby on play mat with his/her favorite toys suspended above them, to encourage them to reach and kick.
To encourage Visual tracking, and help visual development, while baby is lying on their back, hold the toy in front of their face and, wiggle it slowly or gently touch her with it to get her attention. Move the toy slowly from side to side, and encourage her to follow along with her eyes.
At 3 months your baby should no longer hold a fist and you could give your baby a lightweight rattle or chew toy. At this age Dangling Toys are great.
You can get some for the crib and play gyms. This encourages reaching, concentration and strengthens muscles. This is really great activities for babies and can be left alone to play for a few minutes.
When your baby starts to crawl make an obstacle course for them by placing pillows on the floor that they can crawl over. Place chairs that they can crawl under, if you have a big box, open both ends for baby to crawl through like a tunnel. These activities for babies teaches spatial and problem solving skills.
While playing with baby you build a strong bond and you learn the tale tell signs when things are wrong. You will notice that they do not hear sounds, or do not follow shadows or toys with their eyes. These things need to be looked at as soon as you notice this.
Play time is fun for both you and baby, make the best of it. Always praise baby when they achieve goals. Dads and moms need playtime with baby and calm time is just as important.
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