Ideas for active play
Cuddles and wiggles
Even very little babies can be active! Getting them out of their cot or rocker for a cuddle or a game of peek-a-boo is a great way of getting them to interact and move their muscles. They also love to kick their legs and wiggle about so make sure they have enough space when they lie down.
Singing and talking
Babies love being sung or talked to, and spending time with your baby is an important part of their development. So sing a song or nursery rhyme, clap their hands or rock them to the rhythm.
Whether it’s with toys, mum, dad, or friends, any form of play helps babies to interact, even when they are tiny. Reaching for, pulling and pushing toys or other objects are all simple ways to stimulate your baby and improve their coordination.
Putting babies on their tummies gives them a different view of the world! They'll learn to roll over, and will start to try to crawl towards the things that catch their eye.
Parent and baby swim sessions
Most swimming pools have separate areas or times for parents with babies or toddlers. Babies will love the feel of being in the water, as well as gentle play or splashing in the pool. Just like adults, they use different muscles in the water so it's good for their development too.
It’s the first time your baby has the chance to explore, and the living room is an exciting place to be. Make some space for them to explore their surroundings safely.
Practice makes perfect, and it’s an important part of growing up, so it’s good to try and make sure your baby is free to have a toddle when they get the urge. Let them try walking with you, rather than using the buggy.