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10 Fun Games for Baby’s First Year

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Dance Around

All babies need plenty of cuddling time to help them feel secure and build emotional attachments to the important people in their lives.

Try dancing around with baby to foster bonding and to respond to your baby's needs. If she's in a playful mood, do a gentle, silly jig together to get her laughing. If your baby's tired or upset, she might prefer a slow dance around the room to help her calm down with motion.

Patty Cake

"Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker's man, bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it and roll it and mark it with 'B.' And put it in the oven for baby and me." This well-known clapping game may seem silly, but it's a great way to help your baby develop a number of important skills.

First, the rhythm and repetitiveness of the tune will help baby develop language skills. Additionally, the feel of your touch as you gently clap your hands against his in time to the rhyme will help stimulate his sense of touch. As baby gets older, he'll probably try to imitate the movements you're making with your hands, which will help him develop his large motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Where's Your Nose?

Want to work on developing language skills and make baby giggle at the same time? Then this silly, simple baby game is perfect for you.

To help boost your baby's development, ask, "Where's your nose?" in a singsong voice. Then gently touch your baby's nose as you say "There's your nose!" with great delight. Repeating this game and playing it with different parts of baby's body or nearby objects will help your baby start to learn the meaning of different words.

Fabric Fun With Baby

When baby is little, the world is a vast sea of new sensory experiences. The best development games provide ways for your infant to explore his environment safely.

Watch how your baby plays when you give him pieces of fabric with different textures -- such as burlap, corduroy, satin, and velvet -- to handle. The variety of textures will intrigue and interest him. At the same time, holding pieces of fabric and waving them around will help build muscle strength and coordination.

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