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Strategies for Bonding with Your Infant Through Playtime

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As parents, it’s important to understand the importance of play for our babies in the first year of their lives. Not only does play provide physical and cognitive stimulation, but it also encourages emotional and social development. To ensure that your baby gets the most out of their playtime, here are five strategies from an early childhood educator you can use when playing with toys in the first year of their life:


1. Change Up the Toys:

Variety is the spice of life, and this definitely applies to infant playtime. To help your baby stay engaged, try to switch up the type of toys you offer. Not only will this help keep their attention, but it will also help them learn about different textures and shapes.


2. Call and Response:

Infants learn how language works well before they say their first word. Communication requires a back and forth or a give and take. Infants love practicing this so take turns calling and responding to each other, mimic their sounds and facial expressions, respond to an action with a corresponding one, make a similar sound with an instrument.  


3. Encourage

Exploration: Babies love to explore, so give them the chance to do so. Provide toys that are safe for them to handle and let them explore them as they please.


4. Get Interactive:

Babies learn best when they are actively engaged. Get down on their level and interact with the toys with them. Call and response where you take turns making sounds or shaking a toy helps children learn the reciprocal nature of communication that requires a back and forth.

5. Have Fun:

Above all, remember to have fun! Playtime should be a time for you and your baby to bond, so don’t be afraid to get silly and laugh with them.


By following these five strategies when playing with toys in the first year of your baby’s life, you can ensure that they get the most out of their playtime. Not only will it be an enjoyable experience for both of you, but it will also help promote their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.


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