In this article you’ll find some of the best games to start playing with your baby. Games vary as the weeks of your baby’s life go by.
Throughout all the different stages of their development, they’ll be able to spontaneously pick up new games.
Our task as parents is to guide them while they play in order to provide them with numerous benefits.
Being a parent requires a huge investment of time and effort, among many other things as babies need a lot of attention and care. Our jobs as parents isn’t just about cleaning and feeding our baby.
Games are a key activity to ensure a baby’s development.
Main benefits that games provide for babies
The benefits of incorporating games in a baby’s daily routine are innumerable.
Through games babies learn spontaneously. Games allow them to learn about their environment and relate easily with others.
Games also help them channel their emotions and externalize their feelings and needs.
In order to carry out these games, in most cases all you need is a little bit of time.
In this article you’ll find useful information about some of the best games that can be played according to your child‘s age.
Some of the best games for babies
Clapping their hands (from 0 to 3 months)
The sound that is produced by clapping their hands is one of the simplest and most enjoyable games for little ones. While playing this game they can clap along to the melody of their favorite song.
In order to make the game more stimulating for the child, you should help the child join their hands together softly. This will help orient them about the location of their hands. Soon enough they’ll be able to clap on their own.
Dance partner (from the first month)
Music stimulates all the senses and is capable of changing a person’s mood. Therefore, dancing with the baby and trying out various rhythms and styles can be an enriching activity for both of you.
You can take the baby in your arms and move to the rhythm of the music. Start with gentle movement and as the baby grows up, you can incorporate more complex movements.
Whatever the movement may be, never shake the baby abruptly.
Flying baby (6 months and older)
Holding the baby in the air is another fun activity you can perfrom after the child learns how to hold its head up on its own.
You can pretend they’re a rocket, a helicopter or a superhero. This activity will surely bring out the little one’s smile.
It also stimulates their imagination and fortifies the muscles that are responsible for holding the child’s head up.
This is a simple game that you can perform at any time of day in order to stimulate the child’s psychomotor skills.
Double baby (3 to 6 months)
Playing in front of the mirror provides many benefits for the baby. It helps them learn to recognize themselves.
You can start this game by making gestures between the two of you and then repeating those gestures in front of a mirror.
With these games the child will start to understand that what they see is their reflection. The mirror game can be made more fun by moving them closer and then further away from the mirror.
Playing in front of a mirror also contributes to brain maturation processes. It will help them fine-tune their coordination and precision with their movements.
Another important aspect of this game is to encourage the formation of their ego. In order to achieve this, you can also use appropriate toys.
Organization game (6 months and older)
Using an empty and easy-to-fill container such as an empty shoe box, you can guide the child to put in and take out their objects as many times as they wish to.
The game should be started by mom or dad performing the activity in order to encourage the child to imitate them.
In order to make this activity more fun, you can empty the box while making funny gestures and then start to fill it back up, object by object.
This activity will also help the child foment the habit of picking up their toys after using them.
As the baby grows, the game can evolve and you can encourage the child to group objects together by color and/or size.
Where is the baby? (4 to 12 months)
Only a few people can resist a baby’s laughter. Although this is one of the most common games, it’s also one of the most fun games for everyone.
This game also allows the baby to become aware of the location of their own face. Children often think that covering their eyes is all it takes to become invisible.
These fun games will undoubtedly make your daily routine more entertaining for the whole family.
Day by day, it will be an enriching and didactic activity that works towards the baby’s development. These games will also help build strong bonds between children and their parents.