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Infant Play

Infant Play

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 them 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 them 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 them 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 their 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

7 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

  • Baby dolls

Reviewed Date: 07-01-2023

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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.