Fun baby games that can boost your creativity and development are a perfect way for some enjoyment. They don't even need to be complicated and if your child is very young, they shouldn't be. You may even find that many of the best games you can play with your child to help him/her learn about the world around them; which you probably already do for them. Here are some creativity boosting games for babies:
Playing peek-a-boo may be the simplest of games, but for a very young child it works wonders! Until babies are around 9 months old, they don't realize that you're still there when your face is covered. Their minds will begin to churn out different ideas as to how and why this is happening! This baby game may even help your child become more comfortable in the world when she realizes that you'll come back even when you "go away."
2. Rhyming Games
Babies love to listen to the voices of people they know, and they're also intrigued by repetitive sounds. Give your baby the opportunity to hear both by regularly saying nursery rhymes or other kid-friendly rhyming games. You can have rhyme time anytime -- in the bath, during snuggle time, or when you're riding in the car. These are all perfect opportunities to entertain baby, boost language skills, and get their brains working more creatively.
3. Patty Cake
This well-known clapping game may seem silly, but it's a great way to help your baby develop a number of important skills. The rhythm and repetitiveness of the tune will help baby develop language skills. As your child gets older, he'll probably try to imitate the movements you're making with your hands, which will help him develop his large motor skills and hand-eye coordination. All the benefits from Patty Cake will lead to eventual creativity later in their lives.
Babies love a lot of different music, but especially soothing and rhythmic sounds. Even if you don't have the best voice, baby will love for you to sing to him and it will help you deepen the parent-child bond. Additionally, songs don't even need to be "real" songs to make for a development boosting game – make something fun for them!
5. Monkey See, Monkey Do
Whether you realize it or not, you’re constantly reading your child’s signals throughout the day. Why not incorporate this into a game for them! Let your baby take the lead and try imitating some of their movements and sounds. This will help your baby develop a foundation for conversation skills. Also, when baby smiles, smile back. This will help your baby develop the sense that he/she realizes you're both having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and everyswaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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