Infant Play

What can I do to help promote play in my infant?

While all children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the infant:

Birth to 1 month:

  • hang brightly colored objects near your infant

  • hang black and white mobiles

What you can do as a parent:

  • sing and talk to your infant

  • play music

  • rock your infant, take him/her for walks

2 to 3 months:

  • likes bright objects

  • enjoys pictures and mirrors

  • likes rattles

  • enjoys infant swing

  • enjoys car rides

What you can do as a parent:

  • sing and talk to your infant

  • play music

  • rock your infant, take him/her for walks

4 to 6 months:

  • likes brightly-colored objects

  • likes to hold toys

  • enjoys rattles or bells

  • likes to splash in the bath

  • likes swings and strollers

What you can do as a parent:

  • talk to your infant

  • encourage your infant to crawl and sit by placing him/her on the floor

6 to 9 months:

  • enjoys large toys with bright colors that move

  • likes to play peek-a-boo

What you can do as a parent:

  • call your infant by name

  • speak clearly to your child and encourage different sounds

  • name body parts, foods, and people

  • tell your infant simple commands

  • play pat-a-cake

  • begin saying words that tell what you are doing

  • encourage your infant to crawl by placing toys beyond his/her reach

9 to 12 months:

  • enjoys looking at books

  • likes hearing sounds of animals

  • enjoys large toys that can be pushed and pulled

What you can do as a parent:

  • take your infant to different places and outings

  • play ball with your infant

  • read to your infant

  • tell your infant names of body parts

Toys for infants:

  • birth to 6 months:

    • mobiles

    • mirrors that will not break

    • music boxes

    • bells and rattles

    • stuffed animals

    • swings



  • 6 to 12 months:

    • blocks

    • brightly colored toys

    • books

    • balls

    • cup and spoon

    • jack-in-the-box

    • rattles

    • teething toys

    • toys that can be pushed and pulled


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