Although babies don't play with each other at very early ages, they watch older children play with toys. What is a toy?
Toys are what we play with.
As parents, you are the first and perhaps the child's FAVORITE playmates. Playtime with your little one is a time for joy, laughter, learning and exploring.
More information on playing with babies and toddlers.
When babies are in their first year, appropriate toys change with every month. From mobiles to keys to stacking cups to sorting boxes, your baby wants more and more challenges.
More information about selecting age-appropriate toys.
Big plastic lids and washed out BPA-free plastic bottles can be as much fun as commercially made toys.
Outside in the wading pool (with you right there!) or in the bathtub. Water is fun from a very early age.
When you go outside, your baby can see new and interesting objects from the stroller or carrier. You can choose what to pick up and bring closer. As your baby grows into a creative child and begins to pretend, those sticks can turn into horses, and the rocks can become little houses on a cleared spot of earth.
Nothing is quite as fun as popping your baby's head out of the neck hole of a shirt as you say or sign, "Where are you? THERE you are!" Hands, feet, and whole bodies disappear and reemerge during dressing and undressing, and everyone knows that shoes and socks are designed to be taken off.
This can be a good time for learning the names of clothing and body parts. As your little one grows, clothes will be fascinating toys for Peek-a-Boo, dress up and make believe.
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