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3-12 months: 6 Simple Games To Develop Baby Senses

Hello mums and dads!

Your baby is now at the age where they’re going to start engaging in a bit of play. As such, we’ll be diving into the exciting world of playtime and how you can engage your baby’s senses. 

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Why playtime is important
  • Tips for playing with your baby
  • Six simple games and activities to try with your baby. Let the good times roll!
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Why Is Playtime Important?

Not only is playtime a great way to bond with your baby, but it’s also an important part of their development.

Playtime provides an opportunity for babies to explore and learn about their environment through their senses. It helps to stimulate their brain development and supports the formation of neural connections that are important for learning and problem-solving later in life.

Additionally, playtime provides a chance for babies to develop social skills and build emotional connections. By engaging in playful interactions, babies learn about social cues, communication, and empathy, which are essential for building healthy relationships later in life.

Furthermore, playtime helps to improve physical development and coordination by allowing babies to practice movement and explore their motor skills. This can help them to develop important physical abilities such as balance, strength, and coordination.

Plus, it’s just plain fun!

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Tips For Playing With Your Baby

When it comes to playing with your baby, there are a few key tips to keep in mind. 

  • Let your baby take the lead: Follow their interests. This may mean playing with the same toy for hours on end, but that’s okay! It’s important to let your baby explore and learn at their own pace.
  • Keep it simple: Don’t overstimulate with the use of too many toys, lights, buttons, sounds.. simple toys are the most effective. Choose the correct toys for your baby’s developmental stage, or check out something that does this for you like Grow With Me.
  • Use your voice: Your voice is key to helping your baby develop their language skills. Talk to your baby and narrate what you’re doing during playtime. Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire the next great novelist!
  • Embrace your inner silly sausage: Most importantly, remember that playtime is all about having fun. Don’t be afraid to be silly and have a laugh – your baby will love it! Enjoy this special bonding time with your little one and watch as they grow and develop with each game and activity.
peekaboo baby game

6 Simple Games And Activities

Here are some simple games with everyday items to inspire you:

  1. Peek-a-Boo: Surprise your baby with a round of peek-a-boo to make them giggle.
  2. Tummy Time: Help your baby strengthen their neck and back muscles with some tummy time each day. Bonus points if you do some yoga poses together! Lay out a few toys on a mat and let your baby loose on their tummy!
  3. Sensory Bottles: Fill a clear plastic bottle with different objects like feathers or beads to create a sensory toy for your baby. It’s like a mini disco ball for their eyes!
  4. Singing: Sing nursery rhymes or make up your own songs to entertain your baby.
  5. Baby Massage: Give your baby a relaxing massage to help promote bonding and relaxation.
  6. Mirror Play: Show your baby their reflection in a mirror to help them develop self-awareness and recognition. Warning: this may result in some adorable selfie opportunities!

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to play with your baby. Just have fun and enjoy these precious moments together.

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