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Health Library : Growth and Development

 

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 black and white mobiles

What you can do as a parent:

  • Sing and talk to your infant
  • Play music
  • Rock your infant, take him or her 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 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

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