Tiny baby play ideas
Touch and noise
Blowing raspberries, tickling their toes, counting their fingers, making nonsense noises, singing songs or just chatting away to your baby. These are all fantastic ways of stimulating your child, introducing her to noise and touch and - of course - letting her get to know her (slightly silly) mommy and daddy.
Things to look at
Your baby is learning from everything he’s looking at, so show him all the different things that are surrounding him. Go outside or look out of the window, walk him through the rooms in the house, introduce him to other people around you. (And if they fancy a cuddle - perfect time for you to finish a cup of tea)
Letting your baby lie on their tummy is important in helping them develop their neck and upper body strength and can be started straight from birth. When they are very tiny, you can lie them on your lap or stomach, and once they’re a little bigger, progress to a comfortable playmat (although always stay close to baby, to make sure they’re playing safe). This should be a fun activity for you both, so if your baby becomes restless or unhappy, then it’s time to stop and try again later. To find out more, read our baby tummy time article (URL).
Believe us when we say your face is of endless fascination to your baby. Poking your tongue out, making big smiles or a ‘grumpy face’, scrunching your eyes up tight and opening them wide again are all pure, easy entertainment for you, your baby, and anyone else that happens to be around! (Because really, how often do you get an excuse to be so playful?) So playing with a tiny baby is simple, fun and offers perfect bonding time. And the great thing is, all you really need, is you.