Babies love simple games. If your little one makes a funny face, try making a funny face back. Pretty soon you’ll both be having fun! Or try answering his coos and squawks, and soon you’ll be having a “conversation.”
What do babies learn from games like these? They are learning about the give-and-take of relationships. Games can show baby that you enjoy playing with her, and can begin to teach her that what she does affects your feelings and reactions. They can also help baby begin to recognize her own feelings and to start caring about how others feel, thus laying the foundation for eventually learning to play and share with other children. These early interactions with the important adults in baby’s life will also become the basis for developing good self-esteem and healthy relationships with others throughout life.
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