Getting Baby to Play on Their Own
Little babies are very playful and love to have fun alone. These rare moments when they do not need mommy, allow them to build their personality so it is important not to intervene. Here are some tips to let your little adventurer have fun:
Babies and their imagination
When a baby plays alone, not only do they discover themselves, but they also start to develop curiosity for things they may encounter around them. To help them appreciate these moments of "loneliness", try to create an exciting environment by placing some toys around their area that are within easy reach. This will encourage baby to investigate their surroundings.
The play mat playground
As soon as it’s possible, place your baby flat on their stomach on their play mat. This position is ideal to develop muscle structure and give them the opportunity to try some movements. This form of play is most commonly referred to as ‘tummy time’ and is essential for baby’s development. A play mat is a gold mine for a toddler: they can touch lots of textures (soft, rough ...), laugh at shapes and colours and try different noises.
Each age, a toy
Before 3 months: The crib toys are perfect, a little giraffe and a pirate will do the trick. Do not overwhelm your baby with toys so as to ensure that they have enough space to maneuver and breath.
Around 3 months: Baby becomes more responsive and can now enjoy an early learning carpet as well as soft toys or comforters which are not too big so they are easy to grab.
Around 6 months: Serious things begin! Anything that makes music and other squeaks will delight your baby. This is also the age where your baby will start to put everything in their mouth! So rattles and teethers are welcome.
Around 8-9 months: He begins to crawl, it's time to get balloons out, but also cubes and other animals with wheels to make them move. Make sure you always give your baby a purpose to move forward.
A little later: At the age of learning to walk, pull-and-push toys and truck carriers will stimulate your baby. This is also the time to offer them shape sorting games, recessed toys and their first building set.
Who are you?
Try out the mirror test by placing your baby in front of a mirror so they can see their reflection. Encourage laughter and movement as they react to the little person opposite them. From around 2 years, babies start to understand what reflections in mirrors actually mean. Start to make a game out of mirror reflections by encouraging your baby to imitate your movements.
A baby needs calm, and plenty of rest. No need to excite them as soon as they wake up.
In general, remember that it's not necessary to overwhelm your baby with too many toys. It’s even better to stick to only one or two at a time.
Important to remember when it comes to games and baby toys. Don’t assume that your baby needs to stick to the age limits on certain toys. Some babies develop slower than others, but this does not mean that they are any different or will not develop at the right level. All babies have their own pace and it’s important to encourage individuality.