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
We all have our silly and endearing baby games we play – which are the ones you’ll remember when you have grandkids?