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) teacher💕
1. Move it, move it
When playing on tummy or back, gently move your baby’s arms and legs.
2. Tummy Time
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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