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    Infant Play

    Parents sitting on the floor watching their baby playing with baby safe toys.

    What can I do to help promote play in my baby?

    All children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, but the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the baby:

    Birth to 1 month

    • Hang brightly colored objects near your baby

    • Hang mobiles with high-contrast patterns

    What you can do as a parent:

    • Sing and talk to your baby

    • Play music

    • Rock your baby and take him or her for walks

    2 to 3 months

    • Likes bright objects

    • Enjoys pictures and mirrors

    • Likes rattles

    • Enjoys infant swing

    • Enjoys car rides

    What you can do as a parent:

    • Sing and talk to your baby

    • Play music

    • Rock your baby and take him or her for walks

    4 to 6 months

    • Likes brightly-colored objects

    • Likes to hold toys

    • Enjoys rattles or bells

    • Likes swings and strollers

    What you can do as a parent:

    • Talk to your baby

    • Encourage your baby to crawl and sit by placing him or her on the floor

    6 to 9 months

    • Enjoys large toys with bright colors that move

    • Likes to play peek-a-boo

    What you can do as a parent:

    • Call your baby by name

    • Speak clearly to your baby and encourage different sounds

    • Name body parts, foods, and people

    • Tell your baby simple commands

    • Play pat-a-cake

    • Begin saying words that tell what you are doing

    • Encourage your baby to crawl by placing toys beyond his or her reach

    9 to 12 months

    • Enjoys looking at books

    • Likes hearing sounds of animals

    • Enjoys large toys that can be pushed and pulled

    What you can do as a parent:

    • Take your baby to different places and outings

    • Play ball with your baby

    • Read to your baby

    • Tell your baby names of body parts

    Toys for babies

    Birth to 6 months

    • Mobiles

    • Mirrors that will not break

    • Music boxes

    • Bells and rattles

    • Stuffed animals

    • Swings

    6 to 12 months

    • Blocks

    • Brightly colored toys

    • Books

    • Balls

    • Cup and spoon

    • Jack-in-the-box

    • Rattles

    • Teething toys

    • Toys that can be pushed and pulled

    Online Medical Reviewer: Amy Finke RN BSN
    Online Medical Reviewer: Liora C Adler MD
    Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
    Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2018
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