Strange as it sounds, many new parents handle general baby care just fine but when it comes to playtime those...
Strange as it sounds, many new parents handle general baby care just fine but when it comes to playtime those same parents sometimes have no clue what to do. This isn't a huge surprise. Babies aren't into the same kind of fun we are as adults (i.e. board games, reading, watching a movie, or hiking). You've got to create a playtime that's useful and fun for a baby specifically. Newborns are especially tough because they're mainly eating, sleeping, crying and pooping - but they can benefit from fun time too.
How to play with a newborn:
- Newborns seem like they're doing very little, but they're actually learning all the time about the world around them. Keep in mind that babies from the age of 0-3 months are interested in touch, audio, and scented cues but their vision is still blurry.
- If you're going to provide visual play items look for high contrast toys, such as a white and black rattle or contrasting patterns like bright polka dots on a white baby block.
- Tactile toys are good to go for young babies. Crinkling fabric soft books or dolls, knit wool rattles, smooth silky blankets, and furry stuffed toys provide different textures that are fun for baby to feel.
- Tiny bell sounds in a block or a music box can provide audio fun for your newborn as can your own voice singing or reading a story. Babies love hearing their parents' voices so talk to your newborn often, not just at playtime.
- Try an unbreakable mirror to provide fun and to stimulate your newborn's still blurry vision. Hold a child-safe mirror a few inches from your baby's face so he can see his cute little self. Most babies find mirror play really fun, even in the very early months.