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6 Tips on Playing With Your Newborn to Help Them Develop

Play is the best way children learn, and that holds true even in newborns. While they may not play on their own, they will still play with you if you initiate the stimulation and play. There are proper ways to help your child develop while playing with them.

 
Tips on Playing with NewbornStimulate the sense of sight

Place contrasting colors and patterns next to one another and in front of your baby. It will take a moment, but he will begin to look back and forth at the different pieces and try to focus on each. You can even just sit and let him focus on your face. Babies learn to focus on eyes before anything else, so let him look at your face as you speak to him.

 
Stimulate sense of smell

Do not overwhelm your child with different smells, as this is the most sensitive of their senses. Just allow them to smell light scents, like flowers or your laundry detergent, to start seeing what they like and getting familiar with the scents in your home.

 
Stimulate sense of touch

Using different materials, lightly touch your child’s face, hands, and feet. Do this at least five minutes a day with different objects that will be pleasing to his or her soft skin.

 
Stimulate sense of hearing

Music, your voice, the dog barking, weird sounds- it doesn’t matter! Just make sure they aren’t too loud and watch your child to make sure they aren’t getting overwhelmed as you introduce new sounds to your child.

 
Physically stimulate your baby

Place him or her on their tummy and rub their backs. Move their arms; let them grip your hands or other objects. Play with their toes and fingers. Let them move their own arms and legs and respond when they do so. This will help them sleep better at night as they develop muscles and control of their body.

 
Introduce simple toys

You should introduce toys to show them what play is. In the third week of life, your child will be more alert and awake, so this is the best time to bring in rattles, textured toys, and even musical toys for them to play with. If they seem to get fussy with toys, they may be over stimulated by them. Take the toy away and try again at another time.

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle is the mom of a very active 6 year old boy. She recently left the workforce to be a SAHM and is learning to cut back to make it work. In addition to this busy life, she loves to do computer geekery with websites, graphics, and video games, as well as reading and cooking!
Email Michelle at michelle@theneighborhoodmoms.com
Michelle

About the author

Michelle

Michelle is the mom of a very active 6 year old boy. She recently left the workforce to be a SAHM and is learning to cut back to make it work. In addition to this busy life, she loves to do computer geekery with websites, graphics, and video games, as well as reading and cooking!
Email Michelle at michelle@theneighborhoodmoms.com

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