How do I 'play' with my 2-3 week old baby?

Cheryl - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is spending most of her time sleeping, then eating. But for about an hour or so a few times during the day she is awake and alert. She seems to small to 'play' but I'd like to do something with her besides just hold her or put her in a swing. Any ideas?

Thanks. Cheryl

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Brittany - posted on 05/27/2009

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I would talk to my daughter and kiss her mouth and watch her open it wide and look at me. I kiss her all over and hug her and laugh. I also now realized that I didn't get in her face a lot when she was first born, my fiance did. Now, she's 1 month and she'll find him across the room faster than she'll find me. She'll watch him walk across the room too. I also try to say her name a lot and say "where's daddy" and show her daddy and the same with me.



I'm going to start doing what Tina was talking about with the body parts and animal sounds.

Rachel - posted on 05/27/2009

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Try exercising - put her on the changing table and move her legs in bicycle circles. pull the legs straight down as if standing, then knees up toward the chest, then push knees slightly out to the sides, and back down again to "standing" position (all very gently, of course!). Our doctor recommended this when my son was a newborn, and he loved it!

Tina - posted on 05/27/2009

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They (the experts and authors....) say you should talk with your little ones about their body parts. Tell her "This is your arm, these are your fingers"...so on and so forth. I did that when my little girl was first born and I still do it all the time. We also would say animal names and the sounds they make. She is almost 3 months old and she laughs everytime I say elephant and make their sound. Try it with your baby. You may feel silly but it is great enrichment!

Tina - posted on 05/27/2009

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They (the experts and authors....) say you should talk with your little ones about their body parts. Tell her "This is your arm, these are your fingers"...so on and so forth. I did that when my little girl was first born and I still do it all the time. We also would say animal names and the sounds they make. She is almost 3 months old and she laughs everytime I say elephant and make their sound. Try it with your baby. You may feel silly but it is great enrichment!

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