As a new parent, there are so many theories and tactics to digest when it comes to playing with your baby - such as that you should only hold newborn babies, or rock them in a bouncer, a swing or another contraption. In reality, play from birth can be as simple as placing bub down flat on the floor to have a stretch and wriggle. This type of play is integral to your babies development as it helps strengthen their neck and core muscles and is the first step in learning to roll, crawl and then walk!
With most babies having a very simple “routine” of eat, sleep and play, it’s important to not overthink each step! Young babies benefit from spending lots of time on the floor as it encourages development through freedom of movement and exploration of the world around them. Their little brains will be discovering how to move both sides of the body at the same time, balance and become independent.
At first, there is no need to incorporate any accessories or play bars as Bub will simply love exploring their own little hands and feet or discovering the shadows, birds or trees outside a nearby window. But, if you’re looking to deepen your connection and actively engage your bub, there are plenty of things you can do together during these moments of play!
Here are our top 6 ways to play with your newborn on the floor:
The best surface to put them on during all of this floor play is something that offers solid protection for their delicate heads, is hygienic, non-toxic and comfy for the parents to get down alongside bub too! A Luxe Play Mat from us at Munchkin & Bear are a perfect option - our designs are completely waterproof, wipe clean, have a cloud-like memory foam core that protects as they play and are free from all nasties like PVC.
The floor is your baby’s first playground so remember to have some fun together. Just keep it simple, get down on the floor and engage!
If you’re after some more helpful resources from industry experts about all things floor play, check out these pages: