22 Simple Joys Not to Miss With Your Baby
This is a list of simple ways to connect and interact with your baby. These are not situations that you need to spend a good deal of time setting up and planning for – just ways to enjoy the opportunities that come naturally during your day for playing with your baby.
So much of the love your baby feels from you comes from little moments that you simply grab when the opportunity arises. When you make eye contact and enter your baby’s world for that instant your connection is strengthened.
Interactive play that babies love:
Making eye contact and smiling
Being read to
Being sung to
Hand rhymes like Itsy Bitsy Spider
Being bounced or rocked
Showing them you can copy their hand movements
Silly sounds – copying their sounds
Repetition…of just about anything
Kisses, snuggles and “blowing raspberries”
Pointing out ceiling fans and other wonders of the world
Playing this Little Piggy
Making toys disappear and reappear
Looking in a mirror together
Rattles, bells and crinkly toys
Being “flown” around – baby Super Man
Showing baby family pictures
Swishing hands in the sink
Taking on and off glasses or hats
- Touching different textures – fuzzy blankets, rough rocks, bumpy oranges…
- And of course, making faces
What are the simple joys you share with your baby?
We all have our silly and endearing baby games we play – which are the ones you’ll remember when you have grandkids?
For more fun things to do with babies and toddlers take a look at the Zero to Two eBook!
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Thank you. I was just lamenting to my husband that I don’t feel like I do enough with our 5-month-old. He, of course, reassured me that I was doing all the right things regarding playtime, interaction, etc., but it’s always nice to see affirmation from neutral sources. Thanks again for the reminder.
And the old “I’m going to eat your feet… num num num” or “urgh stinky feet pooooey”
Our little guy loves when we make fake fart noises. Must be a boy thing. The one that you don’t have on the list but is a fun thing for us to do with that baby is gaze out of the window.
Aww, you reminded me of the first days with my first son. We lived in this place with a bunch of tall pine trees and he was enamored with the light and shadow. I remember sitting with my tiny newborn next to the window and watching the trees. Thanks for bringing up that memory.
Thnx very helpful.
Thank you so much. I’m always stuck for ideas on how to play with my 1yo