Play with your baby

Play is fun for you and for your baby.

It is also how your baby learns about the world, about themselves, and how to talk and listen.

Babies can learn to entertain themselves, but the most learning happens when they are playing with you.

You don’t need expensive toys or clever techniques.  But a lot of parents are not quite sure what to do for the best, or don’t realise how simple it can be.  So this page has some ideas to start you off.

One thing to be sure of, is that the TV or an app is no substitute for time with an adult – whatever the adverts say, research shows that playing with you is what makes the difference.

Playing together goes best during a quiet time when you can be face to face.