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It’s Play Time! The Best Toys For Baby’s First Year

Play looks different at every age, especially in baby’s first year. Even simple actions, like talking to baby, count as play activities in the early months of their life! Play can happen during routine activities (like Tummy Time or bath time). It can also be a set of simple games and activities that keep baby … Continued

Games for Your 48 Week Old Baby | 10-12 Month Games

Beach-Ball Tummy Time: Blow up a beach ball so it’s almost full, with a soft spot. Hold baby carefully on top of beach ball, tummy down. Roll them back and forth, side to side. Helps baby develop core strength and balance. Obstacle Crawls: Try to encourage baby to crawl over, under, and through various objects at home. Take … Continued

Games for Your 43 Week Old Baby | 10-12 Month Games

Games to Play Inside Surprise: Put a toy or book inside an empty cardboard box. Wrap it with colorful paper or newspaper comics. Clap your hands when baby yanks it open, then announce what’s inside. Helps with language skills, fine motor development, and executive functioning skills. Tray Pick Up: Offer baby food on their highchair tray like cereal … Continued

Games for Your 33 Week Old Baby | 7-9 Month Games

Toy Grasp Time: When baby is holding a toy in each hand, offer a third toy. Watch as baby figures out how to grasp the new toy without letting go of the other two. Helps baby develop fine motor skills and problem-solving skills. Baby Push-Ups: Encourage baby push-ups during Tummy Time by raising and lowering … Continued

Games for Your 24 Week Old Baby | 4-6 Month Games

Winding Up: Play with toys that move. All curious babies love a jack in the box or a wind-up toy that makes repetitive movements. Helps baby develop visual skills. Break Out the Board Books: Baby loves the sound of your voice while you read and the colors and shapes in books. Mix it up by … Continued

Games for Your 20 Week Old Baby | 4-6 Month Games

Body Massage: After a bath or during changing, gently massage baby from top of head to bottom of feet. Massages are good for all babies. Helps baby bond with you, use their sense of touch, and use their vision to focus on you. Noise Makers: Give baby toys that make noise. Baby is starting to … Continued

Games for Your 18 Week Old Baby | 4-6 Month Games

On and Off: Show baby how to turn things on and off including, lights, water faucets, etc. Repeat “On!” or “Off!” each time. Try this with a flashlight too. Baby will enjoy watching the light move around the room. Helps baby learn new words and sets the foundation for understanding cause and effect. Rock and … Continued

Games for Your 16 Week Old Baby | 4-6 Month Games

Toy Challenge #1: Hold baby on your lap. Try to get them to reach for a toy. Help them switch the toy from one hand to the other. Helps baby work on hand-eye coordination. Texture Time: Let baby touch fabric with different textures such as wool and velvet. Use a different word to describe each … Continued

Games for Your 13 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Busy Fingers: Baby should be spending time looking at and playing with their fingers and hands. Putting hands or toys in their mouth is typical at this age. Be sure toys are age appropriate and big enough to not cause choking. Helps baby learn hand-eye coordination while exploring their surroundings. Sense of Touch: Baby’s sense of touch … Continued

Games for Your 11 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Face Feelings: Grab a stuffed animal and talk to it. Touch its face. Name each part (nose, ears) you touch. Let baby feel the stuffed animal’s face and yours. Name what they touch. Then help them touch their own ears, mouth, etc., while you name each part. Helps baby develop sense of touch. Play Peek-a-Boo: Lay … Continued

Games for Your 8 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Hand Puppet Play: Place a puppet on your hand. Move puppet up and down, while saying baby’s name. See if they can follow the movement. Then move the puppet in a circle. As soon as they are able to follow the movement, try different movements. Helps baby develop vision skills. Gentle Dance: Turn on some of … Continued

Games for Your 6 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Mirrors All Around: Take baby around the house. Share your reflection in each mirror. Point to your eyes, ask if they see them, then ask if they see their eyes, and point them out, “Here are your eyes!” Helps encourage baby to identify themselves and helps with emotional development. Watch for other ways to play … Continued

Games for Your 5 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Get on Down: When baby is on tummy, get down on their level. Encourage eye contact. Place a mirror in front of baby, so they see themselves in a new way. Helps baby develop motor skills, prevents flat spots on head. Smiling Faces: Babies love faces. Go through pictures of family and friends or a magazine. … Continued

Games for Your 4 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Head Lifts: Baby should be starting to lift head a little bit when doing Tummy Time. Get baby to move by dangling a toy to look up at. Helps baby improve neck and head control. Keep a Diary: Track things like baby’s motor milestones, how often they eat, and how many ounces are eaten per day. This … Continued

Games for Your 2 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Evolving Mobile: Every couple of weeks add or change the toys hanging from an overhead mobile or play mat to grab baby’s attention. Wiggling the toys can also help baby look at the new toys. When baby is able to sit up, take down the mobile due to safety risks. Helps baby develop vision by … Continued

Games for Your 1 Week Old Baby | 0-3 Month Games

Tummy to Play: Always remember: back to sleep, tummy to play. Baby may not like being on their tummy at first because back and neck muscles are not very strong yet. Make Tummy Time part of baby’s daily routine starting with a few minutes at a time, a few times a day. Helps baby develop … Continued

Early Educator Guide to Tummy Time

What more Tummy Time info? This course is here to help! Perfect for all early childhood educators and caregivers who work with children under 6 months old.

Your Guide to Tummy Time

This Tummy Time course is your child development guide to helping baby hit milestones. Perfect for parents, grandparents, and all caregivers of children under 6 months old.

Is Baby Not Meeting Their Milestones? What To Do Next

Have you noticed baby is having trouble reaching a certain milestone? Or does it feel like something isn’t quite right with your child’s development? All parents have concerns at some time about their child’s development. This is a normal reaction and expected part of being a parent! But if you are noticing your child is … Continued

Encourage Your Baby to Talk By Narrating Your Day

There’s nothing more fun than when baby starts to talk! You get to see their face light up as they say their first words, or figure out how to tell you what they want. It’s an exciting milestone for every baby! How can you encourage baby to talk? Or if they are talking, how can … Continued

What to Do If You Suspect A Delay

Read along with the video below: Every child develops a little differently. Sometimes children just need a little more time than others. Sometimes healthcare providers tell parents to “wait and see” how they develop, which can be frustrating for parents who are concerned. If you are still concerned, here’s what you can do: Trust your instincts! There’s … Continued

Understanding Proprioception: The Body Awareness Sense

Let’s look at our proprioception (body awareness) sense. It tells us where our body parts are without looking at them. This sense help with coordination and how much force to use when holding, pushing, pulling, or lifting objects. When do we use proprioception? Brushing hair Playing a sport Holding an egg Writing or drawing Touching … Continued

What is Proprioception? Understanding the “Body Awareness” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into a sense called proprioception, also known as the body awareness sense. Learn more about all … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Baby’s Core

Baby’s core strength is key to their development! Their core strength powers their gross motor skills. Baby’s core can be strengthened from birth through Tummy Time. You can also keep baby active with our Baby Games. Watch to learn more about baby’s core! Want to watch more videos about related topics? Click the buttons below! … Continued

Parents’ Guide to the Importance of Motor Skills

For children of all ages, motor skills are an important part of development. They help us explore independently and learn about the world around us. Here are some ways to strengthen motor skills at any age: Do Tummy Time Play Baby Games Explore these 80+ activities and crafts that will help with fine and gross … Continued