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5 Ideas for playing with young babies

 
When babies are young it’s often hard to know what will keep them entertained. However, just a few simple games, where you spend time together and interact with them will keep them amused for hours.
When babies are young it’s often hard to know what will keep them entertained.

However, just a few simple games, where you spend time together and interact with them will keep them amused for hours.

Have a go at these play ideas with your baby this week.


5 Ideas for playing with young babies

 

1. Baby sound games

 
  • With your mouth, try making raspberries, kissy-noises and humming sounds and watch as your baby tries to mimic your noises and expressions.
 

2. Baby singing games

 
  • Babies will love your singing no matter how bad it sounds to everybody else!
 
  • Sing nursery rhymes, the latest hits or make up your own songs as you go along.
 

3. Baby hand games

 
  • Newborn babies have a strong grasp reflex and love to play hand games.
 
  • Lay your baby on their back on the floor or on your lap, and let them grasp your fingers. Lift their arms gently, describing your motions “Up, Down. In, Out”.
 
  • They’ll soon begin to associate the words with the motions as you play this game over the coming months.
 

4. Baby foot games

 
  • Newborn babies have a stepping reflex that is fun to play with.
 
  • Hold your baby under their arms and around their chest and stand them in the upright position on the floor.
 
  • When your baby’s foot touches the ground they’ll automatically lift it up, lowering the other foot as though they're walking.
 
  • This baby reflex fades after about 2 months, but it's fun to do whilst it lasts.
 

5. Baby voice games

 
  • Even at an early age, your baby recognises your voice and prefers your voice over strangers. This makes for fun baby games.
 
  • Call your baby from their right or left and watch as they turn their head to look at you. It’s not important what you say – just that you spend time talking to them.

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