New Born Baby

Baby, you were born to play!

The first time you see your baby respond to your playfulness is a moment of pure joy. Playing with your baby is fun … and it helps your bub learn about her body and her world. What’s not to love about the fact that making a silly face is actually educational!

Well, your baby will see that expression and try to copy it.

And that stimulates her emotional and physical development.

Your baby will learn and grow rapidly. Even though your baby can’t understand you, she still learns so much in those first three months. Which is why it’s never too early to introduce age-appropriate toys and music to help you with forms of play.

Mother Playing with Baby

Playing with your newborn

Thankfully, this is not complicated. Through the haze of sleeplessness, feeding, changing nappies and still trying to be a functional adult, you are also expected to play with your baby? It might seem like the straw that broke the mother camel’s back, but we’re here to help. And the likelihood is you are already interacting with your newborn and giving her what she needs.

Your baby’s playtime is centred on what you do.

Looking at your baby and talking to your baby are two of the most important and enjoyable ways to interact with her. Plus, it helps to develop that close bond between the two of you, which will lay the foundations for a healthy relationship down the track. Hearing your voice exposes your baby to language and rhythm. And it improves the development of her auditory cortex (the part of the brain responsible for processing sound input).

New Born Baby Playing

Keep it simple

At this stage, keep it simple. Until your baby learns to sit up and grasp onto things, she will respond most to toys she can look at and listen to.

Her sight will change significantly in the first three months, so visual stimulants are a great play option.

During your baby’s first month, she can focus only about 20cm to 30cm away.

That’s just far enough to clearly make out the face of the person holding her. If you hold her close, she will find your face and expressions fascinating.

Toys for Babies 0-3 Months

Toys for 0-3 months

By the time she’s one or two months old, your baby will have learned how to focus her eyes. So she will follow a toy if you move it slowly in front of her. Choose a toy in bright colours or contrasting colours. Your baby will particularly like toys with faces on them or checks or stripes.

Look for toys which will hold your baby’s attention and stimulate her. She will respond to toys with crinkle and scrunch-style textures and sounds. Some newborn toys play gentle lullaby music.

Your baby will turn her head towards the source of the sound.

Soft books with simple patterns in high-contrast colours are designed for babies. If the book has words, read out loud.

Even though your baby can’t speak yet, she will hear the sounds and patterns of your voice.

Large, safe, unbreakable mirror toys will fascinate your baby. She doesn’t realise it’s her own reflection she is looking at, but she will stare and smile happily at herself.

Toys that come with a link clip that can be attached to your pram or baby capsule are really handy. These are a fantastic distraction for your baby while you’re on the go. Try one that retracts when you pull on it. Your baby will love watching the movement and sound.

Always ensure any toys you purchase meet Australian standards … and remember to ask for any advice or recommendations from the experts at BabyNest.

Tummy Time for Baby

Tummy Time

Tummy time can start during the early weeks. Place your baby on her tummy on a rug on the floor and place a small brightly coloured toy in front of her. She will see it and this will help her to develop head control and body strength, and it will assist with her ability to learn to crawl. If your baby doesn’t like being on her tummy, which is quite common, try getting down to floor level with her. Start with a few minutes and gradually increase the time.

But never leave your baby alone on her tummy.

Your baby will also be exploring the texture of the rug or blanket during floor play. Her tactile sensory system is stimulated by the feel of things. This is the beginning of the development of those fine motor skills which are so important later on. Toys with different fabric textures will also stimulate her sense of touch.

Sensory Baby Gym

Sensory Baby Gym

A sensory baby gym mat is great for this type of play.

Choose a brand with a few different objects to stimulate your bub.

And you want a few of the link clips so you can attach different toys to the cross bars.

A mirror attachment will fascinate your baby as she discovers her own reflection.

The unique crossbar design of the Sassy Sensory Gym allows your baby to push toys along the bar as she develops her motor skills.

This teaches self-directed play, cause and effect, and independence.

Baby Happy Playing

We are all born to play

It’s not just babies who are born to play – we all are. So have fun with your baby. Try singing a lullaby and dancing along.

Your baby will follow every move you make. And choosing quality toys that are innovative and safe means you are also helping your baby to develop and learn. You may even rediscover your own inner child.

For innovative and safe toys for 0-3 months, get in touch or browse our online baby store – we’re here to help.