13 Amazing Play Activities For Babies Aged 1 To 12 Months


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Play Activities For Babies Aged 1 To 12 Months!

Congratulations! Your baby has arrived and you can’t wait to explore the new horizons of motherhood with your cherub. While the initial few days will be all about adapting to being a mom, the later phase gets into keeping your little one engaged.

Babies grow fast; soon, he will get busy! He will also develop newer reflexes and more mobility. This calls for planning some engaging activities so that he gets to make the best of his growing time. We present to you an interesting activity guide for you, to plan for your little one.

Baby Activities From Months 0 – 12:

While aiding you into the sync of being a parent, the following activities will also help enhance your baby’s fine motor and logical thinking skills. We have come up with an interesting list of baby activities month by month from the time of birth till 12 months of age.

A. Newborn:

This phase is all about your little one gazing around at things, observing, try

ing to understand the surroundings around him. Your baby’s vision this time is limited. He can see things between 8 to 10 inches from his line of sight. This is the time to improve his visual stimulation, eye coordination and identifying new sounds. Here are some of the ideas for the playtime schedule of your toddler.

1. Rattles Rattle:

Rattles are a definite delight, because babies just love them! The sound also improves your baby’s auditory senses. You can start with a little rattle. Here is the how to do the activity for newborn baby:

  • Try and place the rattle in between your baby’s fingers.
  • Although he is too small to grasp, he will begin to feel and sense the object.
  • You can also shake the rattle, slowly moving from one end to another, letting your baby to shift his eyes on the toy as the sound moves.
  • Try not to rattle too loudly as this will scare your baby.

2. Happy Talk:

You need to strike off an active communication with your newborn.

  • He is busy trying to understand the various sounds around him, including the speech pattern of the people around him.
  • He will also try to communicate with those adorable gurgles and coos.
  • Try and do a little happy chat with your little one.
  • Make faces, funny sounds, converse; these things elevate your baby’s curiosity while building rapport with you.

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B. One Month:

This time around, your baby is quite comfortable with his surroundings. This is an ideal time to enhance your communication with your infant as he goes about developing a penchant for words. He will also develop a keen sense of smell at this age. Below are a few baby learning activities in which you can engage your toddler with his auditory and speech skills.

1. Tube Conversations:

It’s very simple and cute.

  • Take a cardboard tube roll that is left out of your used paper kitchen towels.
  • Putting one end of the tube to your baby’s ear, try talking softly from the other end.
  • Use phrases like ‘Hello pumpkin’, to longer phrases.
  • Try talking in articulating tones so that your toddler starts relating to the same.

2. Finger Puppets:

You will need child friendly finger puppets, either made at home or bought from the market.

  • Use them on each of your fingers to bring them slowly into your toddlers’ line of sight.
  • Wait till he focuses on the faces.
  • Introduce each puppet with simple names and phrases like “Hello, I’m Tom the Cat” etc.
  • Make the puppets speak to each other in a funny way, so that your baby enjoys the indecipherable conversation with cuteness.

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C. Two Months:

Your baby will advance in his auditory and sensory skills by the time he is two months old. You can now engage your infant with sound and sensory related activities. Below are the sensory activities for babies:

1. Paper Crumple:

You will notice your toddler getting startled at loud noises, reacting to different kinds of music, beats of drum, the sound of the pressure cooker in the kitchen, etc.

  • Start creating different kinds of noises, so that your baby begins to get familiar with them.
  • You can simply crumple a regular paper, wax paper, cellophane or toys that squeak. Your baby will immediately respond to that.

2. Up, Up And Away:

Your baby will love flying in the second month as his gross motor skills improve.

  • To do this with caution, first sit up with your knees bent, with your baby’s tummy against your shins.
  • Lie back on the floor while raising your legs slightly in the air.
  • Say “Up, up and away” as your baby rises in the air.
  • Enjoy those priceless gurgles.