Babies are meant to move and play. Here are eight baby games and activities to get or keep your baby moving and stimulate brain development!
1. Bounce that baby!
You intuitively rock and bounce with your little bundle in your arms. Due to baby’s highly developed vestibular system, that, along with touch, conveys sensation, soothing your child. But the motion also promotes early brain development and even better visual alertness.
2. Roll, Baby, Roll
Babies’ first movements are involuntary. Rolling over is a voluntary movement — and one you can encourage. While your baby is lying on their back, sit behind them, holding a toy over their head. Once you have their attention, move the toy slowly to one side, encouraging her to get it.
Blow bubbles for them to watch. When they’re old enough, encourage them to reach for the bubbles—or for any other object of desire you place above them. Such games promote visual tracking and eye-hand coordination.
Games like patty-cake have lasted through the years because they work so well with infants. They offer opportunities for social interaction, imitation, touch, and rhythmic awareness — and yet another chance for your little one to hear your voice.
5. Crossing the Midline
To encourage crossing the midline of the body (the invisible line running from head to toes and dividing the body into left and right sides), hand your little one desirable items in such a way that they have to reach across their body to retrieve them from you.
6. Splishy-Splashy Fun
When your baby is able to sit unassisted, make them comfortable on a vinyl tablecloth on the floor. Put warm water in a large, unbreakable bowl in front of him and encourage them to splash the water! Works well in the bath too! This is a great activity for eye-hand coordination and upper torso exercise.
7. Let’s Cruise, Baby
Soon your baby will begin to “walk,” using furniture for support. Once they’re walking unassisted, they will enjoy pushing and carrying objects. These activities provide practice with this loco-motor skill, and also help develop understanding of cause and effect.
8. The Importance of Moving
You don’t have to know the science behind your baby’s need to move — you just have to know that they needs to! Mother Nature has a good plan for development. Give your little one the time, space, and opportunity to move helps her fulfill it!