5 Fun Ways to Play with Your Newborn

5 Fun Ways to Play with Your Newborn

How to Play with Your Newborn

Newborns are so small and delicate. If you’re a first time parent, you might be afraid that they’ll break. But what should you be doing with your newborn when they aren’t sleeping, getting their diaper changed or eating? Helping them develop through play activities, of course!

Babies develop at different rates but there are things you can do to help them reach their developmental milestones. Here are some suggestions for what you can try out with your 1 month old baby. Remember, you are your baby’s best (and favorite) teacher๐Ÿ’•

1. Move it, move it

When playing on tummy or back, gently move your baby’s arms and legs.

2. Tummy Time

While on their tummy, place a baby mirror in front of them. Can your baby lift their head from the surface and move it from side to side?

3. Carry your baby

Are they able to lift their head from your shoulder for 1-3 seconds?

4. Play the ‘Freeze’ Game

Can your baby maintain laying on their side, both right and left?

5. Have a Staring Contest

Get up close to your baby. Move your face left/right and then up/down. Are they still watching you?

This content was provided by the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

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10 thoughts on “5 Fun Ways to Play with Your Newborn

  1. Newborns are so much fun to play with! I don’t have kids but have always loved playing with my nieces and nephews. These are really great ideas!

  2. These are some wonderful things to do with newborns! I have 3 kids and they really enjoyed being carried and the staring game ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Awww this takes me back to when my little girl was a bubba! It’s such a lovely stage ๐Ÿ™‚ I love playing with newborns, especially once they’ve learnt to smile. Great tips ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These are great tips! When my little one was first born, I was afraid to move her around so much because she just felt so fragile. Luckily, that phase didnโ€™t last long! Thank you for sharing.

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