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How to play with your newborn baby

When you've got a newborn there's not much you can do together - all he does is sleep, eat and dirty his nappy, right? Not quite. Here are some simple ideas for playing with your baby in his first three months.

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How to play with your baby from 4-6 months

A baby of this age is also beginning to differentiate colours, shapes and sizes, as well as developing association with various smells. Most importantly any activities that combine auditory, tactile and visual experiences such as holding, looking and listening to a book being read, or listening, moving and singing sounds in music, are ideal as they cultivate several of your baby's senses, all at one time.

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Child's play – How to play with your baby from 7-9 months

Your baby is integrating everything she has learned so far by seven to nine months of age. Motor and visual skills are more in tune with one another, as seen in your baby's capacity to manipulate things using her hands and better hand to eye coordination.

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Walkers, push and pull along toys, and riding toys will all enhance your baby's strength.

How to play with your baby from 10-12 months

As baby nears her first birthday, she is able to understand more complex speech and the associations between words and actions such as "kiss" and "clap". By responding to your baby's attempts to communicate, as well as allowing her to move around as much as she pleases, it builds your baby's confidence to start walking.

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EB picks: Toys for your 6-12 month old

As your baby transitions to a toddler, he will be enjoying toys which stimulate his desire to move and communicate. Here are a few suggestions.

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EB picks: Toys for your 0-6 month old

Babies learn about the world and develop vital skills through interaction and play. You want to choose toys that are going to stimulate them mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Baby and toddler bath activities

Bath time doesn’t have to be structured play – as long as it’s safe, you should encourage any bath activities that make bath time fun for your child.

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Teach your baby sign language

Did you know your baby already communicates with you using basic hand gestures? Baby signing is a natural extension of baby’s natural communication skills. Find our how you can assist your baby's speech with baby signing.

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Understanding your baby's brain

Many parents understandably assume that a new born baby is simply a blank slate that requires us to do everything for them and that they really are incapable of anything other than crying, drinking and sleeping or not, as the case may be!

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During routines times, sing songs such as nursery rhymes, talk and chat with your child, talk about what you are doing,

Language and music as play

Early stimulation equals better brain function and easier acquisition of language skills. Brain studies now more than ever highlight the importance of exposure, practice and stimulation of experiences when children are young.

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The value of reading

By reading to our children, we are fostering curiosity, imagination and creativity and increasing the chance of academic success and positive life experiences.

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