Let's Play!

It’s never too early to start playing games to help your child reach their sensory, communication, feeding and motor milestones.

Motor

Games

Games to Play

  • Place baby on their tummy to play for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day.
  • Lie down and place baby tummy down on your chest so you’re face-to-face.
  • Hold baby’s hands and clap them together while you play music and sing.
  • Nestle baby close to you while you gently rock and sway.
  • Change the direction that baby sleeps to encourage head turning and build strength.

Sensory

Games

Games to Play

  • Hang a colorful mobile above baby’s crib to provide visual stimulation.
  • Gently touch and tickle baby to make them giggle.
  • Play with baby in a variety of positions.
  • Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with a parent or caregiver.
  • Smile at baby, touch her hands, feet and forehead. See how she wiggles, reacts to touch and voices.
  • Play or sing songs with baby to help enhance baby’s listening skills.
  • When changing baby’s diaper touch different body parts and say “beep” baby may begin watching your hand and anticipating touch.
  • Hang a mirror on the wall. Tap the mirror and say baby’s name. Over time baby will begin to understand who the baby in the mirror is.
  • Show baby family photos or flip through a magazine. Point out the smiling faces to baby.

Communication

Games

Games to Play

  • Speak in a high-pitched, sing-song voice to help get and keep baby’s attention while you talk.
  • Describe your actions as you dress, feed, and bathe your child. Talk about where you’re going and what you’re doing.
  • Give baby frequent face-to-face time.
  • Shake a rattle up and down while singing to baby.
  • Show pictures of family and friends and point out smiling faces.
  • Hold up a doll or stuffed animal and point out the different body parts.

Feeding

Games

Games to Play

  • Collect a variety of scents (flowers, spices, cookies) and pass them under baby’s nose one at a time to see what kinds of smells they prefer.
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