“Peek-a-boo” might not amuse a fully grown adult (though stranger things have happened before), but such a seemingly simple game can do wonders to entertain and delight a curious baby. Doesn’t seeing your baby’s face light up with a big smile and shrieking laughter bring pure joy to you as a parent? Of course it does, and it’s simple games like peek-a-boo that help stimulate a baby’s mind and foster healthy, positive development - physically, mentally and even emotionally speaking.
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To help share our passion for raising kids, we’re going to take a look at some simple yet effective games to play with your baby. If you’re an expecting parent and you still haven’t locked down on the best unique baby bedding sets from us, shop our site today to build the best possible nursery.
Looking At Stuff
As absolutely basic as this sounds, babies are stimulated by just about any household object. So, as long as the object in question won’t poison, electrocute or otherwise hurt him, you can consider it to be fair game. The kitchen is a great source for checking out household items - babies seem to love things like egg beaters, spoons, wire whisks, and spatulas. Other things like magazines with pictures, record albums, colorful fabrics or clothes, fruits and vegetables, and so on also make for an entertaining, exploratory experience for your baby.
Keep a stash of objects beside you and sit with your baby. When the moment is right, whip out of the items behind your back like a magician (this alone is enough to blow your baby’s mind). Tell them what it is, and hold the object still about a foot away from her face while staring at the object yourself. Think of this activity as pre-pre-school, familiarizing your baby with standard, everyday items.
Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles
At just about any stage in life, bubbles are wonderfully pleasant, and to a baby, they’re pure magic. At the four to six month range, your baby should be able to see far enough away to focus on them. The whole concept of having numerous bubbles fly out of the wand, dancing around in the air and eventually popping is something that tends to make most babies laugh and smile. Is your baby particularly cranky? Bust out the bubbles. Growing sick of the car ride? Bubbles are the answer. Plus, bubbles are unbelievably cheap, easily transportable, and again, as we’ve alluded to - endlessly fascinating for babies.
“I’m Gonna Get You!”
This game is as fun for the parent(s) as it is for the baby. Near the six month mark, your baby should be old enough to have a sense of anticipation. Taking advantage of this, no baby can quite resist you coming at him with the “threat” of hugs, kisses, or even gentle tickles. Knowing that mom or dad is going after him provides a sense of excitement and even thrill in the baby, only to be rewarded after the “chase” by nothing but wholesome love.
As your baby eventually approaches the toddler stages in life, chasing them around the house when they’re able to walk is loads of fun. Plus, if you’re in a rush and you need to get them out of the door, this little game is quite effective.
This Little Piggy
Like peek-a-boo, this timeless classic is sure to get your baby to crack a massive smile and laugh. Touch your baby’s toes, in turn, starting with the big toe. Then, 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!” Cheesy? Of course it is, but this interaction is nonetheless entertaining and fun for your baby.
Additionally, as you say the last part, run your fingers up your baby’s belly. This game is useful for putting on socks and shoes or distracting your baby during diaper changes. You can also play this game in the bathtub with a squirt bottle, targeting your baby’s toes.
Time On Her Tummy
“Tummy time” is important for your baby, even if she adamantly protests against it. It’s rather simple - get down on the floor with your baby and look her in the eye as you lie on your own belly. It might sound a little strange, but lay your baby on a towel and use it to gently roll her from side to side, saying things like “Oops-a-daisy!” as you roll her back and forth. Doing so is important from a developmental point of view.
Have Fun And Enjoy Time Spent With Your Baby
Raising a baby is hard work, but it’s also fun and rewarding! You’ll be surprised at how enjoyable some of these games are for you as a parent. Engaging with your baby and familiarizing her with the environment is crucial to facilitating healthy, positive development. After a hard day's’ worth of playing, secure the best sleep you can for your baby with the help of our unique crib bedding sets from DBC Baby Bedding Co. Shop our custom baby bedding sets on our site today!