Approaches to Play and Learning
Play is an essential part of your baby’s world. Have you noticed how excited she gets when you introduce a bright new toy into her environment? Or how eager she is to take in her surroundings when she’s outside, in a restaurant, or driving in the car? Her curiosity is growing — and baby play time makes that growth possible!
Her interest in how things work is developing too. She might shake a rattle repeatedly with wide-eyed wonder. Perhaps she may dunk a ball in the bathtub and watch it pop to the surface. She also loves watching other children, but when she’s alone, she’s perfectly happy to play solo. There’s just so much to see and do!
I Love Discovering My World.
Lights, sounds, smells, taste, touch…there is so much for your baby to explore! His first months are full of discovery, and he spends his days eager to connect, learn, play and discover how things work. His little brain is working overtime as he takes in all that’s new and interesting — which, for him, is just about everything! Count the number of new discoveries he makes each day — the texture of a stone, the sound of a dog barking, the feel of oatmeal in his fingers. You’ll recognize them by the excitement and wonder in his face!
Watch Me Watch You.
She’s all about imitation right now. Clap, and she’ll clap back. Throw your hands up in the air with an exclamation of “Soooo big,” and watch her do the same. She’s learning how to hold on to her favorite blankie, how to grasp a spoon and how to work her bottle or cup. She wants to do everything you do — after all, you’re her favorite teacher!
I Know How to Make Things Happen.
When your baby cries, he’s telling you he’s frustrated, tired, or hungry. And when you respond to him, he understands that his persistence has paid off. Plus, he knows that you’re there to take care of his needs.
If you see him repeatedly trying to push a round ball through a square hole — and you experience his frustration when he’s unsuccessful — guide him with gentle reassurance. He’s learning what he’s capable of accomplishing!
I Like Watching You Play.
Take your baby outside and see how she reacts to other children playing nearby. Notice her fascination with the littlest people in her life…and watch as she begins to engage in solitary play. As she gains a little autonomy, she’s developing more interest in her toys. Encourage her to observe and discover on her own. She knows you’ll be right there for her when she needs you!
All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.