Top 5 ways to play with your baby to promote their development
Share the moment in tummy time
When you place your baby in to tummy time position lay down in tummy time too, facing your little one so that you can sing, roll a ball or read a book together in this position
Encourage joint attention through eye contact and talking
Joint attention is important for development as this skill of paying attention to an activity or object with a play partner is a building block to socialising with other children as your baby gets older
We practice joint attention by giving each other eye contact and attention while singing a song, Rolling a ball, playing peek a boo, shaking a rattle, etc.
Avoid the temptation to fill the play mat with too many toys
As parents we mean well by buying our children toys and gadgets. However babies and children can develop their motor skills and play skills with minimal toys and objects. My favourite objects for an infant are a soft palm sized ball, a soft rattle, a small comfort blanket and a wire ball.
Distance toys away from your baby to encouraging reaching, rolling and crawling
Balance joint attention with independent play by moving in and out of baby's sight (while still supervising of course)
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