Newborn Baby Activities: Tummy time and play

Your new baby is interacting with you all the time, cooing, gurgling, and smiling when she sees your face and hears your voice. Here are some ways to make playtime together even more fun.

Hit the floor. To make this activity more interesting, place a colorful toy in front of her. She won't be able to grab it yet, but all the bright, bold colors are fun to look at. Toys with music and lights are entertaining too, but be careful about overstimulating your baby. She's still very young, so introduce things slowly and watch for her reaction.

Get in her face. At this stage, your baby may start to be intrigued by mirrors. Attach an unbreakable mirror to your baby's crib so she can look at her own face. As the two of you are looking into the mirror, talk to her and point at her eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

Sing and move. Gently clap his hands together and recite or sing nursery rhymes. Your voice is the most important sound to your baby, and whatever you sing is music to her ears.

Reading. Go for books with high contrast patterns, as those are easier for him to see.

Track the toy. Help your baby focus her eyes by laying her on the floor and hold a toy about 10 inches above her head. Move it slowly from side to side and let her follow it with her eyes.

As you and your baby enjoy the fun and games, she's constantly developing and reaching milestones. Go baby go!

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