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Infant Play

Infant Play

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

While all children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the infant:

Birth to 1 month:

  • Hang brightly colored objects near your infant

  • Hang mobiles with high-contrast patterns

What you can do as a parent:

  • Sing and talk to your infant

  • Play music

  • Rock your infant, take him or her for walks

Two woman sitting on a sofa. Each is holding and playing with a baby.

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 infant

  • Play music

  • Rock your infant, 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 infant

  • Encourage your infant 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 infant by name

  • Speak clearly to your child and encourage different sounds

  • Name body parts, foods, and people

  • Tell your infant simple commands

  • Play pat-a-cake

  • Begin saying words that tell what you are doing

  • Encourage your infant 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 infant to different places and outings

  • Play ball with your infant

  • Read to your infant

  • Tell your infant names of body parts

Toys for infants:

  • 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

Reviewed Date: 04-29-2014

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.