Children crave time with parents. Parents are encouraged to find time to spend playing with their kids on a regular basis. This should include one to one with each child and group time with all of the adults and kids in the home. If you are a single parent or have an only child, occasionally invite family or friends over to play.
Very early on, almost from birth, babies love to copy you. It’s part of learning to communicate. By responding to your baby and playing games, you can really help develop the bond between you. Copying games with your baby will also help to promote his physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
With a newborn baby, cradle him so you are looking face to face. If you stick your tongue out you will see him copy. Even a baby that has recently been born is able to imitate and will slowly poke his tongue out back to you.
As your baby gets a bit older he will copy your smile, blow raspberries and even clap as his gross motor skills improve. He will get a real kick out of your response and this will encourage him to keep trying.