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Best Baby Games
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.
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.
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!