Can Babies Play Independently?

10 Ways to Encourage Babies to Play Independently: Can babies play? Can babies play independently? Can babies play by themselves? I believe that Independent Play is the pillar of childhood – and can be encouraged as early as in the newborn days. Human babies are born, designed, and wired for play and exploration and it will happen naturally if we give it time and space. But there’s a lot of parenting advice (and marketing) that undermines their play – but encouraging independent play in your newborn is simpler (and more beneficial) than you might think. Here’s 10 ways to encourage babies to play by themselves so you can reclaim play for your child early…

10 Ways to Encourage Babies to Play By Themselves:

0:00 Help babies play independently
00:57 #1 – Don’t entertain
02:31 #2 – Pause (“le pause”)
04:05 #3 – Don’t overstimulate
06:14 #4 – Don’t interfere
07:43 #5 – Keep things low
09:11 #6 – Keep trying (don’t give up!)
10:51 #7 – Try different times (E.A.S.Y. method)
12:35 #8 – Try different positions
13:30 #9 – Keep them comfortable
14:13 #10 – Experiment with music

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