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    Playtime for Your Little One: 5 Benefits and Tips for Making the Most of It

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    Playtime for Your Little One: 5 Benefits and Tips for Making the Most of It

    Updated on 3 April 2023

    Medically Reviewed by

    Dr. Sameer Awadhiya

    Dr Sameer has more than 10 Years of Experience as a specialist and more than 19 years of total experience - MBBS| DCH, DNB

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    "Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity." - Kay Redfield Jamison.

    Playing is an essential part of growing up, and it not only strengthens fine and motor skills but also offers an opportunity to bond with your baby. We all look forward to the things we love; for the babies, that's their playtime. It enhances all the essential elements of your little one's growth and helps fine-tune them. It helps build self-confidence and muscle mass and improves listening skills.

    Benefits of Playtime For Your Little One

    Here are some other key benefits associated with playtime for your baby:

    1. Engages senses

    Your baby interacts with their eyes, ears, touch, hands, legs, and brain while they play. All their senses are alleviated and engaged when they play. Playing is an exercise for all the senses, and a baby becomes more aware of their surroundings and expresses themselves freely in a friendly environment.

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    2. Stimulates early brain development

    Playing can help your child in brain development in many ways, as playing induces a lot of necessary experiences for your baby, which set the grounds for brain growth. The brains of infants have abundant brain cell connections, called synapses, which are enhanced by playing and help capture information. The bright colors of the toys activate brain function and boost creativity among infants and toddlers.

    3. Fuels physical growth

    As your child starts to play, roll around, stretch towards toys, etc., it enhances the physical movement of your baby, which in turn fuels their growth and development. The playtime provides a strong ground where the kids perform complex movements to catch their toy or to pick stuff from the ground. The tiny muscles in the fingers and hands stretch, which helps to strengthen their musculature.

    4. Increases curiosity

    Playtime enhances the curiosity of your baby. The various colors, the shapes of their toys, the different textures, and all of it are new to them, and every little thing is an experience for them. Toys are their first friends; they feel connected and comfortable with their teddy bears and other stuffed animals.

    5. Best time to bond

    When you interact with your baby during playtime, they tend to acknowledge your presence, touch, and voice vividly. Playtime engagement is a great way to bond with your baby in all senses. When all the senses are engaged, babies pay full attention to your face, voice, and touch. This helps them to connect better with their playing partner.

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    Tips to Keep in Mind While Playing With Your Baby

    Here are some things you should remember and practice when playing with your baby:

    • Always accompany your child during their playtime.
    • Ensure that the toys have soft edges and the baby might not accidentally put some small toys in their mouth. Always keep a close watch as there is an increased risk of choking.
    • Observe what your baby enjoys playing with and join them in their play.
    • Ensure that their play area is free from any hazards and they have enough space to move around.
    • Pick toys that are suitable for your baby's age and developmental stage.
    • Provide toys that stimulate different senses, such as toys that make sounds or have different textures.
    • Avoid exposing your baby to screens as much as possible as it may interfere with their development.
    • Playtime is not only essential for their development but also for bonding with your baby. So, enjoy the moment and have fun with your little one!

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    With that said, your baby will thoroughly enjoy their playtime, and the experience will be more pleasant and fun with you tagging along. Playtime can make your tiny tot a little tired, so giving some light massage and a snack after their fun activity is best to help them slip off to bed quickly. Your child will only be small for a short span so make sure to spend quality time with your baby. You will not only have lots of memories to cherish but will also have no regrets later when they outgrow your lap.

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    Medically Reviewed by

    Dr. Sameer Awadhiya

    Dr Sameer has more than 10 Years of Experience as a specialist and more than 19 years of total experience - MBBS| DCH, DNB

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