How to play safely from birth to 3 years

How to play safely from birth to 3 years

Do you like flipping your baby upside down or tossing her around in a fun manner just to hear her shriek with delight? Nothing makes a newborn laugh like a few aerial tricks done in her parents' loving arms. However, be sure you're being safe before you launch your child into the air.

Not only is having fun with the baby crucial for her growth, but it also gives you a chance to connect and hear your baby laugh. Here are some fun and safe ideas to play: 

0-6 months

  • Perhaps your infant has already begun to grin; return the gesture and see what transpires as you introduce her to the world by using this essential social-emotional skill.
  • Have fictitious, fake dialogues and imitate coos.
  • Strengthening the neck and upper body requires tummy time. Get on the ground and engage her in conversation. Encourage her to reach for something by speaking to her or by placing a toy, book, or mirror in front of her.
  • Show your child the world while holding her in various postures.
  • Introduce her to various sizes, shapes, and colors, and let her play with safe objects (nothing too small that could be swallowed).

7–12 months

  • As she begins to crawl, make sure that the area is secure for exploration.
  • Hold a mirror in front of her adorable tiny face.
  • Play the classic game of peek-a-boo.

1-3 years

  • Now that she is a toddler, she is eager to take on the world! Use puzzles, blocks, and empty containers to pique her attention.
  • Toddlers benefit greatly from pretend play as a learning tool. Give her a lot of basic and secure objects so she can imitate what you do! Join in the pretend play with her.
  • Read to your little child. Name the images she expresses interest in, explain what you observe, and pose inquiries.
  • Sing songs, make rhymes, and play various rhythms on pots, pans, and tupperware.
  • Go outside and explore some nature.

How to handle feeling frustrated

All parents experience frustration at some time since being a parent is frequently challenging and can be draining. Despite your best efforts, newborns will occasionally scream. Put your kid down in a secure area, such as their crib, if you notice yourself becoming agitated, and take a break to calm yourself. If they weep for a little while, it's okay. Reach out to a loved one and ask for and accept assistance. Get medical help right away if you believe you or another caregiver may have shook or harmed your kid, even if it was accidental or only for a moment.

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