playing with your baby
easy to hold toys
newborn up to 6 months
• at this age, babies are fascinated by faces- after just one
day, a baby will prefer their mother's face to that of a stranger.
tiny babies love to have 'conversations'-so copy his smiles,
frowns and gestures and talk baby talk with him.
• even though they can't hold things yet, babies still enjoy
watching you wiggle a teddy or a rattle for their entertainment,
and also make sure your baby has lots of tummy time play.
look out for 'cues' that show that your baby is ready to play-
eg face-to-face contact, reaching out hands, turning eyes or
head towards you, smiling, babbling and cooing.
• remember, babies of this age need lots of sleep and tire
from 4 months your baby will now be reaching out and
grabbing things, and will be much more physical too, maybe
starting to roll or sit.
to help your baby become more body aware', play physical
games such as gentle swooshing them into the air, or blowing
raspberries on their tummy.
• reading to your baby is very important-he or she will love
hearing your voice, and over time will pick up language skills
quicker and develop a love of books.
• at this stage babies can't focus on two things at once-so
give them a new toy and they will drop and forget the one
they are playing with.
learning through play
6 to 12 months
sorting and playing comes along tremendously as your baby
has more control over their hand to eye coordination.
• allow plenty of time for tummy play, rolling and crawling.
from baby books to shape sorters and stacking beakers-
allow your baby to play with these toys one by one and find
out how things work for themselves, with on hand help from
you if needed.
intricate rattles with more parts, loops and textures can be
really interesting to your baby now.
• consider toys for the pushchair, highchair and in the car, to
help avoid your baby getting bored.
start bedtime stories from around 6 months (or before) -even
if only short and sweet your baby will love the attention.
• baby swimming, tumble tots or baby yoga might also be
worth trying at this stage-ask your Health Visitor for details.
reading is important
great games to play
carry your baby, and dance and sway to music.
plenty of singing, chatting and making funny faces.
play gentle tickling games.
for further information
please approach our retail staff for assistance or contact
customer care department at 6513 3270/
email: [email protected]
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