Are you struggling to find things to play with your new baby? As moms, we are always wanting to provide the best for your little ones, but playing doesn't always come naturally.
Here are some surefire ways to play with your new baby that are fun and entertaining for both of you!
Why is playing with your baby so important?
Playing with your baby helps baby learn to grasp, experience textures and stimulates baby's brain! Not only that, it's also great for bonding with baby.
As you play with your baby, you will feel your bond grow, and baby's bond will also grow.
Fun activities to play with baby
1. Reading to baby
Reading fun board books, and making silly faces or voices while you read can be a fun experience for both you and baby!
I especially like the board books that have finger puppets like this Itsy Bitsy spider board book.
2. Singing to baby
Another fun way to play with your newborn is to sing to them. Think of the fun songs that always make you smile. Sing those to your little one!
3. Shaking rattles
Rattles are another fun toy that babies love! The sound they make when they shake will have your little one grinning from ear to ear.
We always searched for rattles like this one because they were easy for little hands to grip.
4. Lay on the floor and play with baby
When your baby is doing tummy time, get on the floor and play with your baby. Have some rattles or these fun lots of links out for baby to see and grab onto.
Your baby will be much more interested in playing if mom or dad is right there with them.
Related: tummy time advice for new parents
5. Dancing with Baby
This one is my personal favorite, because I LOVE to dance. Turn on your favorite music and dance with baby.
If you have a baby wrap carrier, this can make things even easier!
6. Blowing raspberries
My kids would always go nuts when I would blow raspberries on their tummy. I don't have to tell you that there is nothing better than baby giggles.
7. Stacking Rings
This Fisher-Price stacking rings toy is another fun one to play with baby. The bright colors will keep your little one stimulated and as they get older, they can practice grasping the ring.
Then stacking and so on!
What games to play with infants?
- Patty Cake
- This little piggy
Baby Play FAQ
Reading, playing, and singing are all fun activities to do with your infant. There are also games like peek-a-boo and patty cake that are great too!
Find an activity where you and baby are engaged, smiling and looking at each other! This can be as easy as reading, dancing, or stacking blocks together.
Read or sing to your baby. Also, my little ones liked these Bright Starts Lots of Links Rings to hold on because of the different textures and colors.
Playing with my baby was always something I think I forgot to do. When you are the aunt, it just comes naturally because you aren't overthinking things.
Babies can be lots of fun, but you just need to find a fun game or toy to play with them.
Hope this helps!