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Playing with Baby Is Fun (Until It’s Boring)
Why is it hard sometimes for parents to play like babies?
Most moms and dads love to play with their babies and toddlers. They enjoy peek-a-boo, blocks, and everything in between. But there are always times when baby’s needs and wants don’t match up with the parent’s. Here are some ideas for what to do when you’ve hit the wall on playing with your little one.
|Young children like to do the same thing over and over.
||Grown-ups may find this boring and tedious after a while.
|Young children move quickly from one thing to another.
||Grown-ups may want some moments to last longer!
|Young children benefit when we let them take the lead.
||Grown-ups may be used to giving directions and “steering” the play.
About Baby Steps
This article was featured in Baby Steps, a ZERO TO THREE newsletter for parents and caregivers. Each issue offers science-based information on a topic of interest to parents and caregivers of young children—from sleep to challenging behaviors, and everything in between.