How playtime can help your baby develop

Babies should have some physical activity, such as floor play, every day. Baby playtime can be a great time to bond, build relationships and support important mental, physical and social development.

To your baby, you are the ultimate playmate. They will want to play with you the most and it’s up to you to guide and reassure them through new experiences. While playtime at this age might not be as adventurous as when they are older, they will want to touch and taste most things, which is important in building their knowledge of the world around them.

Talking regularly with your child allows them to learn the sounds in your language and develop the foundations of language knowledge. Physical playtime allows your baby to develop motor skills and understand their body.

Let’s play
  • Tummy time can help your baby develop movement control by strengthening head, neck and body muscles.
  • Music, songs and basic musical instruments can help develop hearing and movement.
  • Playing with objects of different colours and shapes can stimulate reaching and grasping.
  • Solid furniture, balls, toys or boxes can get baby crawling, standing and walking.

It’s important to provide fun, safe and stimulating opportunities for your baby each day, to allow them to form important connections during early brain development. Learn more about brain development timing here.


Image Parent supports their baby as they play with a brightly coluored puzzle

Published — 03 October 2016 Last updated — 02 November 2016