Play and explore with your baby to begin the path to trust and delight
- Your baby explores with eyes, hands, and mouth; this is learning and playing.
- Tummy time before baby can roll over helps develop neck, back and arm muscles.
- Once your baby can roll over (at about four months), place toys just out of reach to urge movement.
- Limit time in car seats, swings and bouncy seats. Encourage time on the floor to explore.
- Talking, singing, and playing finger games like peek-a-boo, so big, pat-a-cake and this little piggy are great activities for babies.
Babies learn through experiences. Using the “magic of every day moments” during feeding, changing, and bathing helps develop brains and muscles. Play helps your baby develop new skills – which can make both you and baby happy. As your baby learns to roll, sit, stand and walk in the first year, show your happiness with words and hand motions. This will bring you and your baby closer together.
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