I remember when my first baby was born. I felt so lost. What am I supposed to do with her all day? The teacher in me wondered what I should be doing to best support her development. But I found it really hard to find ideas. Everything was more suited to older babies!
Now that I’m onto my third newborn, I thought it would be a great chance to share some of the baby play ideas we’ve tried with Audrey at 2 months!
I want to start by saying that a 2 month old baby doesn’t need much more than you! They love nothing more than listening to you talk. They love watching you as you speak to them and make funny expressions! So please don’t feel like you need to do much more than this.
In fact, one of my favourite things to do with Audrey is sit her on my lap and chat to her! She stares so intently up at my face and often gives me a big smile. There is sooooo much value in talking to your baby! It’s the very best way to grow their vocabulary and their understanding of the world. Even when they can’t talk yet themselves!
Time spent on the floor both on their back and their tummy is also very important for their development. This is how they learn to roll and crawl! Most babies aren’t a fan of tummy time so short but frequent bursts are best – just a few minutes at a time.
I try to make tummy time as enjoyable as I can. We have a long, acrylic mirror in our newborn play space and Audrey just loves looking at her reflection! I imagine she will enjoy this even more when she starts to lift her head during tummy time!
This week we’ve also brought the play gym out for Audrey to explore! I found some large jingle bells which I attached to the play gym. They’re hung nice and low so that she can bat them with her hands and legs as she moves them around. It’s fascinating watching her learn about cause and effect!
We’ve also tried tying our Sarah’s Silks to the play gym. This was especially exciting under the fan on a warm day! The silks move about in the breeze and Audrey watches them as they move. She also loves it when we slowly brush the silks against her skin. You can grab some play silks from The Creative Toy Shop*!
Finally, Audrey loves looking at books! Her big brother and sister are always close by showing her some of our high contrast board books. I’ll often stand them up beside her during floor time or pop her down on her tummy. She’s still not much of a tummy time fan but we’ll keep persisting!
I hope you’ve found these baby play ideas for 2 month old babies useful! I’d love for you to tag me in your images on instagram using the #littlelifelonglearners hashtag! I love seeing the play that is inspired from my blog!
REMEMBER – All baby play should be supervised. Please don’t leave your baby unsupervised with play materials.
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