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Sensible Stimulation: Introduce Your Baby to Play

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All sorts of physical developments are paving the way to play for your 4- to 6-month-old, from sitting up to reaching with one hand to following moving objects with his eyes. Here’s how to get your baby playing and keep him happily stimulated.

Keep it simple

With young babies, simple’s almost always better. Keep your baby’s toys tucked away, pulling out one or two at a time for him to play with. The fewer toys he’s faced with at any given time, the less likely it is that his senses will be overloaded.

Stimulate his senses

Your baby’s first toys don’t have to be fancy or expensive — they just need to capture his interest. And if you’ve ever watched a baby or little kid show more interest in a toy’s box or wrapping paper than the toy itself, you know exactly what we mean.

Try giving him items with a variety of textures, patterns, colors, shapes, or sounds, like a big red bouncy ball, a fuzzy plush toy, and a noisy rattle. Just make sure whatever toys you choose are unbreakable, lightweight, and large enough so he can’t swallow them.

Interact — a lot

The more you communicate and interact with your baby, the more she’ll learn and

 
 

 
 
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Pack a bag with a collection of sense-stimulating playthings to take on car trips, visits to the doctor, restaurant jaunts-anytime your baby might appreciate some diversion. Toddlers like this too.
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Our little ones do best with moderate stimulation €” too much input can overwhelm them. We can help by rotating toys so there are just a few within our baby's reach, and by making sure there's enough quiet time. Get more tips.
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