How Exactly Do You Play With a Baby? See What the Doctor Says
You couldn't be happier. Your new baby is starting to blossom and wake up to the world. You love singing “The Wheels on the Bus” and playing “Peek-a-Boo.” You play these games every day — then you get bored. How can you best play with your baby so you both have fun and so you can help your baby's development along.
Kyle D. Pruett, M.D, a clinical professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and an Educational Advisory Board Member for The Goddard School, has some recommendations:
Any game should include a caring human (peek-a-boo, hide and seek). Start with eye contact and monitor how the baby is managing the excitement.
Any music should start with your making the sounds along with eye contact (keep it sweet with simple, repeated melodies).
Any physical interaction should begin with gentle touch or lifting. Monitor your baby's face for intensity of the play.
Avoid entertainment for sake of entertainment unless you want an enduringly passive child who will look to you for many long years, starting with the preschooler whine: “I'm bored. There's nothing to do!”
Avoid digital entertainment, especially for babies.
Being with you is the secret sauce, and keeping it simple helps them cope. The rest is just filler, so don't worry too much about how or what you are playing. As long as you are together!
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