The Most Profitable Ways to Play With Your Newborn

Parents may be puzzled by their children’s reactions while playing. It’s pretty uncommon to think to yourself, “We were just having so much fun, and now he’s weeping.” What went wrong? It’s possible that your youngster has reached his limit of stimulation and is signaling to you that he needs a rest.
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I know most of you are wondering about many questions that relates to this topic. I am here to help you find the most profitable ways to play with your newborn baby. Many of you may think that babies do not have the need to play right. All you do is let them sleep, eat pass urine, stool and sleep right?

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Well if you never knew, you have come to the right place. Here are the topics we will cover:

1.What do you do with a newborn when they are awake?

2.Do newborns need playtime?

3.What do you do with a newborn all day?


4.What is play time for a newborn?

5. Do babies get tired of playing?

6. Signs of tiredness or too much play

1. What do you do with a newborn when they are awake?

There are so many thins you can do when your baby is awake. Play isn’t just about toys for babies; it’s also about exchanges. It can be as simple as humming a song to your kid while changing his diaper to cooing and smiling back and forth with him as he sits in your lap. Play with your baby in these creative ways.It is important for all mothers to interact with their baby. Have fun with your little star. This is how they learn- through their environment and with you.

I must admit, I enjoyed most waking moments of my babies time asleep. There have been times , like during the fussy stage during the first 2 months when I was glad to let them sleep because at that time postpartum symptoms occur and then begin to wear off.

Babies become visibly more interested in the world around them as they enter the 2 month phase. While they don’t “play” in the traditional sense—pushing trains around a track or feeding a baby doll—they are eager to investigate the items and connect with the people they see on a daily basis. I have lots of things you can do when he is awake. You will soon find out.

2. Do newborns need playtime?

Absolutely yes!As mentioned earlier, newborns learn from their environment and that includes YOU!

After learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, and to associate them with comfort, your baby will start responding even more to you during these months — and will even give you a smile! Every mom loves a smile. Don’t we?

Babies this age spend more time awake and become more curious about their surroundings. You often would see them begin looking around. They are getting physically stronger and better able to coordinate movements. Encourage the learning process by talking to your little one, responding to his or her vocal expressions, and providing colorful age-appropriate toys. So,yes mamas playtime is vitally important and needed for newborns.

3. What do you do with a newborn all day?

Now the exciting part! The parts where you will learn how to better interact with your baby and have lots of fun at the same time.

Offer toys that are interesting with touch!

Toys that are interesting to touch should be available.

Bring the objects close to your baby so that he or she may touch them and learn about how different objects feel. This allows him to learn by using his senses. Exploring objects with their eyes, then their hands and mouth, helps newborns learn how and what different objects do. This develops your child’s ability to think critically and solve problems.

Colorful toys of various textures, shapes, and sizes should be available for your infant to hold and explore. Introduce an infant gym with exciting dangling toys for your baby to swat at at this age. Alternatively, hold a toy just out of reach for your child to reach for, swat, and grasp. Toys should not be hung from cribs or other infant equipment since they could strangle your kid.

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Ensure your newborn get adequate sleep

While each baby’s sleep requirements are unique, the average 2-month-old sleeps 14 to 17 hours per day, with four to six naps. The day-night schism should be dissipating, and you should be able to see your baby settle into a routine of 60 to 90 minutes of awake time followed by 30 to two hours of napping. You might notice longer lengths of sleep overnight (but if your child is still waking up every few of hours to eat, that’s perfectly normal, too).

Provide your baby with intriguing stuff to gaze at.

You’ll notice that if you slowly move an interesting object from side to side, your baby’s eyes will follow it. Tracking is one of the first ways that young babies learn to explore the world while developing their visual skills.
Place your baby in a position where she can kick or smash a rattle or a display.

She’ll connect the act of kicking with the sounds the mobile makes when struck over the next few weeks. This aids her in comprehending cause-and-effect relationships. Additionally, your toddler will realize that creating noise is simply enjoyable. You can even play music.
Make basic tasks enjoyable.

Provide your baby with intriguing stuff to gaze at.

You’ll notice that if you slowly move an interesting object from side to side, your baby’s eyes will follow it. Tracking is one of the first ways that young babies learn to explore the world while developing their visual skills.
Place your baby in a position where she can kick or smash a rattle or a display.

She’ll connect the act of kicking with the sounds the mobile makes when struck over the next few weeks. This aids her in comprehending cause-and-effect relationships. Additionally, your toddler will realize that creating noise is simply enjoyable.
Make basic tasks real fun.

Allow your baby to spend time on his or her tummy while awake to strengthen the neck and shoulders. Always keep an eye on your baby during “tummy time,” and be ready to assist if he or she becomes tired or frustrated. Never place a newborn on his or her stomach to sleep.

To lessen the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome, infants should sleep on their backs (SIDS).
Make a variety of facial expressions for your little star to copy. Speak to your kid and wait for him or her to engage.

5. Do babies get tired of playing?

Yes they do! Parents may be puzzled by their children’s reactions while playing. It’s pretty uncommon to think to yourself, “We were just having so much fun, and now he’s weeping.” What went wrong? It’s possible that your youngster has reached his limit of stimulation and is signaling to you that he needs a rest.

Light, music, touch, and activity are all ways that babies respond to stimulation in their own unique ways. Some people can handle a lot of stimuli before becoming distressed.

Other babies are easily overwhelmed by what appears to be a tiny quantity of stimulation (like brightening the lights in the room.) There is no such thing as a right or incorrect way to be. The ability of a newborn to cope with stimuli is determined by his age.

Signs that baby is tired

When babies are tired or had too much play, you might see some of the following tired signs:

  • tugging at ears
  • closing fists
  • yawning
  • fluttering eyelids or difficulty focusing – your baby might even go cross-eyed or seem to be staring into space
  • making jerky arm and leg movements, or arching backwards
  • frowning or looking worried
  • sucking on fingers – this could be a good sign and might mean that your baby is trying to find ways to settle to sleep.

Babies and toddlers: tired signs

At 3-6 months, your baby might be tired after 1½-3 hours awake.

At 6-12 months, your baby might be tired after 2-3 hours awake.

At 12-18 months, your child might be tired if they miss out on a morning or afternoon sleep.

If your baby or toddler is tired, you might see some of the following tired signs:

  • screaming
  • clinginess
  • grumpiness or crying
  • demands for attention
  • boredom with toys
  • fussiness with food.

Tired or hungry?

If your baby has had a feed within the last two hours and is grizzling and cranky, baby might be tired. If you’re not sure, offer a feed. If your baby takes only a little milk and is still grizzly, try settling baby back to sleep.

God is always there for you !

Bottom line

So there you have it mamas. Here are the different and most profitable ways to play with your baby. Playing with your baby should be lots of fun. I enjoyed every season. I hope you also enjoy your playtime with your baby. They are indeed special times.

There are many things you can do during the day with your baby. It is vital that they get the needed sleep. Understand when your baby has had enough playtime. No matter what you are going through remember God loves and cares about you. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you every success. Please like, comment and share our page and do visit again. Do you have a question? I would love to hear from you!

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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