Find the fun
Often, when parents think play they turn to toys, but objects aren’t the only way to stimulate your little one. Learn to find the fun in everyday interactions. Whether it’s splashing around in a tiny tub, playing peek-a-boo over the changing pad or giving baby a bowl to bang on while you’re cooking, there are plenty of easy ways to encourage creativity and engage your baby in a little monkey business.
Playing with your voice is a great way to help babies find theirs, so let go of your inhibitions and embrace your inner diva. Try making silly sounds, experimenting with volume and pitch or incorporating dance and movement to encourage different reactions in your wee one. If you’re too shy to sing, introduce your baby to different sound making objects, like these organic Minnie and Tigger plush toys, instead.
Free your fabrics
A grown up closet is a veritable treasure trove for little eyes and fingers. Pull out some of your brightest, silkiest and softest numbers and let baby explore new textures and colours. Who knows, maybe your little one will have as much fun in your closet as you do!
Embrace your inner toy
To your baby, you are the ultimate plaything. Lay down a splat mat, and get down to your little one’s level to let them engage with you. Or talk to your tot to improve language skills, and mimic actions and copy sounds to introduce baby to the art of conversation. Not only is it good for baby’s development, but getting in on the game ensures that you’ll have fun at playtime too!
No matter which tactic you try, make sure you know when to take a breather. Remember that your baby’s attention span will vary depending on age, mood and temperament, and that babies have different thresholds for stimulation.
Listen to your little ones: if they seem tired or fussy, give them a rest – it will make playing more enjoyable for both of you.
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