How to play with a Newborn | My Baba

Having a new born can be really over whelming in lots of ways. One thing that I often hear is “how do I play with my newborn?” I understand; they seem fragile and are adorable but they don’t really seem do anything. That however doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything that you can’t do. Babies are like sponges, they are constantly learning new things through just seeing and hearing.

I have put together a list of activities to do with your new born. Remember, they may seem fragile, but they are a lot more stirdy than you think so don’t be afraid to play with them.

Make sure you follow my baby activity board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later. 

Walk around the house

During my training at Norland I was placed with a family with 1 year old twins. The mother told me how when they were really young their Father would carry them around the house and name/describe things them. He would say how something might feel e.g. touching the radiator and saying if felt warm. Then he would touch it again with babies hand (obviously it wasn’t too warm for them). It is a simple thing to do, but it is something I have done with all my new born charges.

Contrast cards for babies

diy contrast cards for babies. Perfect for using during tummy time

Balloon Play

balloon play for babies - activities for babies aged 1-3months to help with gross motor skills

Sensory Sound Bottles

small sized sensory bottles for babies

Sensory Tubes

sensory tubes for babies. A great activity for babies aged 3-6 months.

Oil and Water Sensory Bottle

two tone oil and water sensory bottles for babies. It helps with visual development.

Peek-a-Boo Homemade Toys

a homemade peekaboo toy for babies.

Ribbon Play

Just like the sensory tubes that I added to the play mat, I originally added brightly coloured ribbons for BB to hold onto.

Nursery Rhymes

I know that this is obvious but it is easy to overlook it.

How ever you decide to play with your new born, I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

Pin for later:

play ideas for new born babies

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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