Games Babies and Parents Play (Birth to Four Months)

Play is an essential part of your baby's development and a great way to bond as a family. These games will build your baby's language, social and motor (large- and small-muscle) skills while you're having fun.

Language Games

  • Speak softly to your baby and use his name often. He can locate your voice within a few hours of birth.
  • Pause after talking to your baby to watch for his response.
  • Vary your tone of voice to include baby talk and your everyday speech.

Social Games

  • When your baby smiles, praise him and smile back. This will reinforce his smiling.
  • When you and your baby are in eye contact, slowly move your head from side to side to encourage his eyes to follow you.

Motor Games

  • To encourage head turning, place your baby on a blanket on the floor and arrange brightly colored toys on each side of him.
  • During a diaper change, bend and straighten his legs in a bicycling motion.
  • Encourage your baby to push up so that his arms are straight (raising his chest off the floor when he is on his tummy). Do this by holding a toy at eye level in front of him.

Tip: It's important to learn your baby's tolerance for play. Too much stimulation can be as unpleasant as too little. Watch your child to see which games he enjoys and how long he likes to play.

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