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How To Play With Your Baby: Newborn

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How To Play With Your Baby: Newborn

 

Looking for ways to keep your baby entertained? Here are some fun games you can play with your newborn for some guaranteed fun!

*While I recommend these activities for 0-3 week olds, remember that each baby develops at a different pace. So, if your little one isn’t quite ready for one of these games, don’t worry- just try it again in a couple weeks or do a different activity from the list until you find one that engages your baby.

 

Finger Puppet Theater

Skills: Visual

What you’ll need:Finger puppets – you can also make your own if you’d like.

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby down on a floor mat or on a bouncer.
  2. Put on the finger puppet(s).
  3. While keeping the finger puppets within your baby’s line of sight (8-10 inches) have the puppets “speak” to your baby. You can have them sing a song, read from a book, tell a made up story (or a real one), or simply talk about your day.

Note: At this age, your baby may not yet be able to follow the puppets’ movement with their eyes and/or head. It’s okay though, continue engaging your baby!


Poker Face

Skills: Visual

What you’ll need: Playing cards (use the clubs and spades). You can also use black and white flashcards or a high-contrast board book.

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby down on a floor mat or on a bouncer.
  2. Show your baby one card at a time and give them a few seconds to observe it (remember to keep it within their line of sight).
  3. You can also tape the cards on the wall in front of them so they can observe several at a time.

Note: Newborns are absolutely riveted by black-and-white patterns!


Shake It!

Skills: Auditory

What you’ll need: A rattle or musical eggs.

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby down on a floor mat or on a bouncer.
  2. While keeping the rattle within your baby’s line of sight (8-10 inches) gently shake it.
  3. Move the rattle from one side of their face to the other, all while continuing to shake it. You may begin to notice your baby trying to figure out where the noise is coming from.

Note: At this age, your baby may not yet be able to track the movement of the rattle with their eyes and/or head. It’s okay though, continue engaging your baby!


Fuzzy Tummy

Skills: Tactile

What you’ll need: Soft-textured items (silk scarf, feather boa, stuffed animal, etc.)

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby down on a floor mat or on the changing table.
  2. Take their shirt off.
  3. One at a time, brush each item gently over their tummy, describing each one to them.

Note: As your baby gets older, allow them to touch the items with their hands.


Copy Cat

Skills: Auditory

What you’ll need: Nothing!

How to play:

  1. You can engage your baby into this game anytime you hear them attempt to make sounds (cooing, gurgling, grunts, squeals, etc.).
  2. Wait for them to make a sound and repeat the sound back to them.
  3. After a few tries, make your own short sounds while exaggerating the movement of your mouth.

Note: At this age, your baby will not yet be able to mirror your sounds – but they’ll still be entertained by watching you!

About Priscilla

Hi! My name is Priscilla and I a proud mommy and wife. I was born and raised in California and moved to the Midwest to attend the University of Michigan where I studied Elementary Education. After graduation, I accepted a teaching position in my current town of Ann Arbor, MI where I taught kindergarten and first grade. After having Caleb, I decided to leave teaching to stay home with him and I never looked back. Now, I spend my days doing what I love best: writing and photography for this blog and watching my little one grow.

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