What To Do With Baby: A Guide to Developmentally Appropriate Play

Once Amaris, my infant daughter, stopped sleeping for most of the day, I found myself staring into her beautiful eyes and wondering what exactly I should do with her. I would hold her, talk to her, and sing to her, but given that children learn through play, I wondered if I should be doing more.

I looked into developmentally appropriate play and created the following printable as a guide.

(Click on the image to view and download a printable version of the guide.)

Developmentally Appropriate Play for Babies | Ever wonder what sort of activities to do with your infant? Get ideas with this printable guide to developmentally-appropriate play.

Now we have plenty of ideas! What other activities have you enjoyed sharing with your babies?

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  1. charlotte thiel says:

    What a nice overall list. I would say that i have heard that musical development has its beginning at this time. Children learn to feel the count of music by feeling the beat, for example being bounced or patted to the rhythm of the music. Also a hint about stacking blocks: they certainly needn’t be expensive. I used the tubs from yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese etc. They are light weight, stack well, can be stored even better (nested) and best of all are free. I didn’t see it here but there also is the tried and true spoons on pots and pans for the mom who can handle it for the older kids.

  2. I really like this list! With a little one on the way, it will definitely come in helpful. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  3. What a great chart. 🙂

  4. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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