Tips on games and activities for your baby
Activating a baby from infancy up to one year does not require as much as many parents think. Spend plenty of time at the changing table and enjoy the baby watching you and trying to talk. Or why not put your baby on the floor and practice different movements. Here are other tips games and activities for little babies!
Rather play at home
Playing at home gives a lot of security both to your child but also to you as a parent. You are in a safe place that is good for your baby when it is so small. Playing at home doesn’t have to be boring. For example, you can play with tools that are in the home, the child has discovered new sounds that it is interested in so you can expand the sounds and see how the baby reacts. You can also let the baby play with a book (even if it means the baby just wants to suck on the book!) Or why not let the child roll a little in bed so that they feel different movements.
Build a good interaction
Contact and communication between parents and children is very important for the child’s development and a good interaction can be described as dancing in tempo. For the first time, it is the faces of moms and dads as well as voices and touches that delight the little one the most. Try to find time for play when the baby seems receptive and let them set the pace. Also allow the child to take breaks so that he or she can respond to your play.
Look your baby in the eyes and move your head slowly a few centimeters from side to side, so that they can constantly follow you with their eyes.
Try to lip to your baby, and repeat this very slowly for a few minutes. If you have patience, they may mimic you.
Let your baby lie naked for a while on the changing table or blanket and kick freely.
A mobile with a strong pattern in black and white is something they will enjoy looking at.
Place the baby on the stomach on your chest (preferably with bare skin), talk and see how long while they manage to lift their heads.
Move your fingers from your baby’s belly up to your neck and neck and say, “There will be a little mouse …” Repeat a few times.
Dancing around the room with your baby while singing or playing music.
A soft toy with good grip may last for a short while.
Stand in front of a mirror with good light and talk to the mirror image.
Lay the baby on his back on a blanket in the middle of the room and talk to them from different places in the room. Notice if they are listening to your voice.
A game box, preferably with moving parts, will catch your attention. Have your baby on your lap and gently play “ride, ride, climb” or sing a song. Sing the same good night song for your baby as they sleep in the evening.
Have your baby lie on your stomach several times a day. A play mat with patches of different colors and materials makes it fun.
Keep your baby safe in your arms and talk all the time while gently placing a small cloth over his face. With the help of movement, they can manage to remove it. When your baby buzzes, respond to them with similar mushy sounds and you get a call. A picture book in plastic or fabric that is used more for bitterness than for “reading”.
Put a durable toy in front of your baby while lying on your stomach so they can look at it yourself (this can help make it more interesting to lie that way).
Give the baby toys that they can hold, preferably those that make sounds when moving.
An activity board is fun to see and touch. Show your baby with your hand how they can push to make sounds.
Play “away-looking” with your baby or hide behind something and then look ahead. You can also give them a gift of best pack and plays to play with your little.
Place a toy (such as wiggling and moving) a bit in front of your baby as they lie on their stomach on the floor. See how they try to approach it.
Lie down with your baby on the floor and let them use you as a climbing position.
Play and cuddle in bed by rolling back and forth and “jumping” so that they can feel the movements.
Make sure your baby has toys that they can use when bathing. E.g. plastic cups in different sizes.
Book with thick cardboard pages and pictures of, for example, animals or everyday things. Roll with a soft ball along with the child on the floor. Have the child explore the kitchen box. Take your child outdoors to explore things in nature.
A stable stroller or car that the child can sit in / on, lean against and push forward. Show the child how to build towers of bricks and let him tear it down again. Music toys that can be pulled up and move themselves on the floor. Go to places where you meet other child