How to Play with a Newborn: 10 Easy Activities
Just admit it! You want to play with your newly born baby, but you are afraid of the bad things that can happen. No Stress! Here are 10 easy & safe activities to entertain your little one:
1. Babies are Amazed when Put in Front of a Mirror
Pulling their hair and putting their fingers in their ears or mouth is one of the activities babies will spend some time on. It helps them discover their little bodies. You can help them discover more by just putting them in front of a mirror:
- To look at their reflection
- Bring their feet to their tiny fingers
- Put their hands on their belly and much more...
2. Make them Feel Comfortable
Newborns spend most of their time laying on their backs. You may want to put your baby on:
- His side
- His belly
- Or sitting up with support(not for too long)
These positions help your baby see the world from a different perspective.
3. Face to Face Discussion
Nothing will make you happier than seeing your baby smile to you. Talk & smile to your baby. Your baby will smile back & get used to your voice.
4. Who Doesn't Like Massages?
You can gently massage parts of your baby's body. This activity helps to reduce their anxiety. Some babies like it so much that they start a stretching session.
5. Strengthen their Muscles
Tummy time is an activity that allows babies to strengthen their muscles. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can start this activity from day one.
6. Take your Baby on a Walk
Put your baby on a carrier or a stroller and go for a walk. Talk about everything you see. Babies enjoy going out. They will enjoy discovering cars, road, trees, and even pets or birds.
7. Foot Kicking is a Funny Activity
Grab a balloon and fill it with Helium. Loosely attach it to your baby's foot. Grab a popcorn and watch your baby kick the balloon.
8. Support Your Baby's Motor Skill Development
Nothing is better than playmats to help your baby discover colors and shapes.
9. Help your Baby Discover Textures
Newborns enjoy discovering new things. Place different textures on their hands or feet. You can use feathers, cotton balls, paper rolls...
10. Last But Not Least: Floating Bubbles
Who doesn't love floating bubbles? Blow some bubbles in front of your little one, at his feet or hands for a sensory reaction.
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