To develop normally, your child needs stimulation, but not too much.  The most valuable contact, and the one your child needs the most is the loving and caring gaze of you, the mother and father.  Spending time with parents will create a nurturing environment to grow and develop.


Even a small baby can enjoy playing and doing things with her parents.  Even before thinking of hobbies for your child, and scheduling such, it is important that parents learn to understand the body language of their baby.

A newbornbaby aged 0-3 months needs relaxed and unhurried time, complete with parents admiration and attention.  Quiet conversation, a parent's lap, eye contact, and gentle touches are enough for a baby this age. 

When your baby is 3-4 months old, he will already be a bit curious, and needs stimulation.  Many babies like to be on the floor, and love to explore their toys.  To begin with, a baby doesn't need more than a couple toys, and still needs the secure home atmosphere.  It's important for parents to encourage and compliment their baby's skills and attempts!  By this time, parents and baby have a play routine and a common 'language' to communicate with.

During the age of 5-9 months, development often happens quickly.  A baby learns to move independently and begins to understand spoken language.  Toys become more important.  If possible, it would be important for parents to 'become as children', to play with their child and encourage their child in their play.  A child explores his home, objects and rooms become familiar.  Fragile objects need to be put up out of the reach of little explorer, but it is important to leave some every day objects for the little one to become acquainted with.  A child loves cupboard doors and jars and containers!  It is a parent's job to create a secure, safe environment for their child to explore and get to know.

When your child is 10-12 months, she experiences the first steps of independence.  It would be a good idea to fill a bottom cupboard in the kitchen with treasures for the baby, so she can dig and play with pot lids, scoops, and containers while mom or dad is busy cooking.  Your child is becoming creative by this point, and already begins using her imagination and mimicking others. 

Enjoy every moment of your child's play development!  Allow yourself to become as a child.  Play with your baby, let him play independently, let him sit in your lap when he needs a moment of rest.  Watch him closely; at some point you will realize that your child has a sense of humour, your child is starting to learn what 'no' means, and will test the boundaries you have set.  Enjoy this time, take lots of photos and videos so that you will remember these precious moments that go by so quickly!