Best Baby Games

You can start playing baby games early!
You can start playing baby games early!

Much has changed in the arena of baby care in recent years, and chances are you are doing things far differently than in your mother's or grandmother's days. Some things don't change, though. Babies still play and giggle and entertain us in the same way they always have.

The following baby games are time-honored activities that are sure to please your little one as much as they pleased you when you were a baby. Even if you haven't played these games in years, and think you don't remember them, they will come back to you quickly. You will be an old pro in no-time and your baby will love it.

Learning to crawl.
Learning to crawl.

Time Tested Baby Games

Peekaboo. There are so many ways you can play this with your baby. Throw a blanket over your head (or hers, if she isn't afraid) and ask where's mommy (or daddy)? Hide behind a curtain, at the foot of his crib, or around a corner and pop out at your baby. Be prepared to repeat this over and over again, as most babies just can't get enough of peekaboo!

The Little Piggy Baby Game. You remember this one, right? Take your baby's toes or fingers and wiggle them along with the rhyme; this little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none and for the final line, be sure to tickle your way up baby's arm or leg while saying and this little piggie went we we we all the way home!

Pop Goes the Weasel. You can rock baby back and forth while singing "All around the mulberry bush..." When you reach the 'pop' part, lift your baby into the air or do an extra big bounce. Next time, let your baby anticipate the 'pop' and pause for a moment to see if she will try to do it herself.

So Big! In this game you simply ask "How big is baby? " (or daddy, or puppy, or teddy bear). Help her answer by spreading your arms out wide and saying "so big!" This is a baby game they will not get tired of!

Clap Hands. Sing a little clapping hands song, and let your child try to clap with you. OUr favorite is "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands." This may take a while to learn but it is a great way to enterain a wiggly baby during diaper changes.

Playing baby games with Dad.
Playing baby games with Dad.

Newer Favorites

Here are a couple of activities that your baby will like, that perhaps your mom didn't do when your were a baby. They are fun and a little messy.

Paper Play. Gather different types of paper in multiple colors. Tissue paper, wax paper, wrapping paper, paper towel and any paper with an interesting texture. Let your older baby explore, crumple, and tear up the paper. Just don't let her eat it!

Cereal Fun. Get a big bucket or bin that your baby can easily reach into. Go outside with your baby, the bin, a few measuring cups and a large box of Cheerios or other cereal that your child can snack on. Let your baby help you pour the entire box of cereal into the bin, and show her how to scoop up the cereal in the cups and let it waterfall back out again. if the bin is big enough, and your baby wants to, let her get in the bin and play.

Remember to keep the atmosphere relaxed and enjoy your time with your little one!

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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

What a neat Hub! Definitely useful for new parents, and the photos are just precious!


Abhinaya 8 years ago

Great hub Amy...."newer favorites" are new and very educative for babies.Thanks for sharing.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Steph. I could just look at babies all day :)

Hi Abhinaya, thanks for commenting. You are right, the new games provide excellent tactile experiences for babies in addition to being fun!


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Chinese Birth Man 8 years ago

What a wonderful page you have written, very interesting too.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks so much, I am glad you found it interesting!


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

I've never heard of the cereal or paper game. Thank you for expanding my horizons, they needed expansion apparently. I had peekaboo and little piggy down, but I'm not sure how far that would have got me. Although my daughter will know which little piggy went wee, wee, wee all the way home to be sure.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hey Peter, you are going to be so ready when that little one arrives! The cereal and paper activities are a recent discovery around here that my youngest daughter loves. Some babies are way easier to entertain than others, so you need a variety of skills. If you can stand on your head, that is a sure thing too :)


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

Great hub amy. I found it most helpful.

Which games are great for eating out with baby? I realize that maybe this isn't an easy question to answer as every baby is different, but this is something my wife and I have been thinking about. We don't want to be that obnoxious couple in the resturaunt that everyone stares at because baby is crying non-stop! haha


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Ah, eating out with baby is a entirely different challenge! (I may have to do a hub on that one). I suggest getting one of those highchair covers that you can bring with you (also good for shopping carts) that has little toys attached to it, and keeps baby from getting in contact with germs and other undesireable things in restaurant high chairs...when they are really tiny, try to get a table where you are seated beneath a ceiling fan, so your baby can stare up at it!

Resign your self to the fact that, it is very likely, no matter how hard you try you may be that couple with the screaming baby. Choose restaurants where there will be other screaming children (not hard to find) and you won't feel out of place!


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

haha I love it. Ceiling fan is a great idea, and yes, we'll probably have to come to terms with the fact that our baby will be noisy at times! Maybe we'll decide that we'll have to just eat out at Chuck E Cheese every time!


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

You'll grow tired of Chuck E Cheese's pretty quickly! Really, some babies are very good in restaurants, at least until they hit the toddler phase. Especially if they have your full attention the enitre time :)


alyson 8 years ago

they babies are so cute.By


alyson 8 years ago

hope you have a great time with the babies and i mint the moms.hi my name is alyson i love pink.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi alyson, thanks for reading and commenting!


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LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

Great article! Similar in physical play terms to "This little piggy" is saying, "Round and round the garden, like teddy bear" (while circling the baby's hand with your finger) "one step, two step, tickle you under there!" (stepping up the arm and tickling at the end).

My son adores this, and quickly learnt to giggle way before I got to the top of his arm.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi London Girl, that sounds like so much fun! I'm going to try it out on my little one. I'm sure she'll love it. :) Thanks for sharing!


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LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

Isaac loved it as a baby, and still does as a toddler.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

It's a fun game for babies! Thanks for sharing. :)


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childcen 8 years ago from New Zealand

I've never tried the "cereal fun"..may have a go at it with my baby.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut Author

My daughter likes the cereal game so much that we had to move the cereal to a cabinet that she can't reach! She emptied several boxes out on to the kitchen floor to "play!" Let me know if your baby likes this game! :)


sandy 8 years ago

i was playing it with my little one but it was so terrible. in night she was cring so i played it with her than she screamed and was crying like i hurted her or somthing. so tell me what to do amy jane help. now she always screams


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi Sandy,

Plese only attempt to play games with your baby when she is happy, fed and in the mood. It is possible that she was screaming and crying because she was overtired, teething or not feeling well in some way. If it continues, you should speak with your baby's pediatrician.


amy 7 years ago

My babies just loves these free baby games, they have so much fun that I can leave them for hours on end while I work.

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