10 Silly & Fun Games to Play with Your Baby
Having a new baby takes a lot of energy and creativity to fill those waking hours of the day, while trying to tire them out for their next nap- aka, your only break during the day. Here are some fun games to play that are not only fun, but that boost development too!
1- Look at Stuff
Babies love spoons, wire whisks, spatulas, books and magazines with pictures, water bottles, colorful fabrics, etc. Let your baby look, touch, and grip these objects. Their little inquisitive minds just love it.
2- Mom’s Closet
Your lifetime of accumulating a closet of bright, colorful, and tactile clothing will now truly pay off. Dig into your closet and show your baby your softest cashmere sweater, your favorite jeans, your sweetest silk cami, and your boldest colored skirt. Run soft or silky fabrics over his face, hands, and feet. Lay fuzzy stuff down on the floor and put your baby on top of it.
We all love to sing, even if we fear we have a terrible voice and we would be Simon’s next target to get booted off the stage. Your kid though will be your biggest fan, no matter what! Your baby will love absolutely anything you sing, but the classic songs with movements such as “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “Patty-Cake,” are sure things to make him giggle.
4- Bubbles Galore
Everyone knows there’s just something magical about bubbles. Blow bubbles when your baby’sgetting fussy, in the park, in the bathtub or simply outside when your baby needs a little refreshing playtime. Bubbles are endlessly fascinating for babies.
5-I’m Gonna Get You!
No baby can resist your coming to get her with hugs, kisses, or tickles. Here’s what you could say: “Hey, Keeli! I see you over there! I’m going to steal a kiss! I’m coming! I’m coming! I…gotcha!” Then cover your baby in smooches.
6-This Little Piggy- An Oldie but Goodie
Touch your baby’s toes in turn, starting with the big toe. Say, “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none. And this little piggy went wee-wee-wee all the way home.” As you say that last part, run your fingers up your baby’s belly, tickling all the way home.
All new parents hear of the importance of tummy time.
Get down on the floor with your baby. Lay your baby down on a soft blanket and use it to gently roll her from side to side. Try singing or saying things like “oops a daisy!” while you roll her.
When your baby is ready to hold her head up, you can now let her pilot her airplane into the air. You can play that she’s a rocket ship, flying over and make realistic rocket noises You can play that your baby is in an elevator, which goes up up floor by floor before going quickly back down to the bottom. Or pretend that your baby’s doing a helicopter traffic report.
If your baby’s crawling, scooting, or walking, he may begin to love the challenge of having to move over things. Pillows, stuffed animals, folded blankets, and books are all fun obstacles to play with.
10-Rub-a-Dub in the Tub
Make bath time fun. Bring in lots of toys. Plenty of stuff around the house can be endlessly filled, drained, poured from or into, and floated. Pile up some plastic cups, yogurt containers, funnels, and squeeze bottles, and bring them into the bath along with any of your baby’s plastic toys. The bath time giggles will be endless!