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How To Play With Your Baby- 1 Month old

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How To Play With Your Baby- 1 Month old

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

*While I recommend these activities for one month 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.


Book Wall

Skills: Visual

What you’ll need: Books. Especially black-and-white books or books with vibrant pictures.

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby tummy down on a small pillow, Boppy or rolled up blanket so they have a better view of what’s in front of them.
  2. Prop up books in front of them to create a little book wall.
  3. Lay next to your baby and read the story to them or describe the pictures

Note: If your baby is not yet able to hold their head up for this activity, try it again in a few weeks and continue laying them down for tummy time so they can strengthen those neck muscles.

 

That Makes Sense

Skills: Olfactory

What you’ll need: Jars filled with a cinnamon stick, vanilla, a peeled banana, orange slices or lemons slices.

How to play:

  1. Sit your baby on your lap.
  2. One at a time, open a scent jar and wave it under your baby’s nose.
  3. As your baby smells each scent, take notice of their expression. Which scents does your baby like? Not like?

Note: Try this activity again in a few weeks and see how your baby’s reactions change to the same smells.

 

Bike Ride

Skills: Gross motor

What you’ll need: Nothing!

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby down on a flat surface.
  2. Gently grasp your baby’s ankles and move his legs slowly in small circles, as if he were riding a bicycle.
  3. Change it up by alternating the speed and/or exaggerating the movements.

Note: This activity strengthens your baby’s legs and abdomen.

 

The Waltz

Skills: Rhythm

What you’ll need: Music you can dance to (pop, reggae, classical; it doesn’t matter)

How to play:

  1. Hold your baby in a seated position facing forward (this way they can lean and rest their head against you).
  2. Dance along to the music, following its beat as best you can.
  3. Try different styles of music to see what your baby likes best.

Note: Make sure you’re securely and comfortable holding your baby by placing one hand under their bottom and the other on their tummy.

 

Low Rider

 

Skills: Spatial awareness

What you’ll need: A small blanket.

How to play:

  1. Lay your baby tummy down on the blanket, with their arms out in front of them.
  2. Gently slide the blanket forward and back, to give the sensation of crawling.
  3. Don’t pull too quickly or you may startle your baby.

Note: If your baby is not yet able to hold their head up for this activity, try it again in a few weeks and continue laying them down for tummy time so they can strengthen those neck muscles.

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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