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Newborn baby activities – playmats, toys, sensory & more!

Newborn babies are amazing, but they don’t come with an instruction manual! In fact, it can be difficult to know what you should do with your baby in those first few weeks after birth! That’s why we’ve put together this list of newborn-friendly activities for you. From laying them down on a playmat and giving them toys to touching them gently and rocking them in your arms, these activities will help stimulate your newborn’s brain development while keeping you happy too!

Newborn Baby Activity Ideas: Toys & Activities


Toys are an important part of development, and they can also be a great way to stimulate your newborn’s senses. Newborns have a keen sense of touch and will enjoy toys that are soft, furry or have different textures like crinkly paper. A toy with bright colours will also keep your little one interested in learning more about the world around them. A baby learns about the different directions and colours through them!

If you’re looking for toys that help with hand-eye coordination, look for items that require grasping or pushing buttons. They will help in your child’s development. If you want to find something that helps develop language skills, look for toys with sound or music options – this is always a winner!

If you’d like to find something else for your little one, then head over to our product page, where we’ve got some ideas about what else might be useful in helping them develop their social skills as well as how best to practice these activities at home (or any other place).

How Do I Stimulate My Newborn’s Senses?

  • Sensory play is a fun way to help your newborn develop their senses and become alert and aware. It can also be used as a reward at bedtime or when they’re having a bad day because they’re overstimulated from being passed around all day by family members who want selfies with them!
  • Sensory play helps with language development, motor skills (holding things correctly without dropping them all over themselves) and fine-tuning their sense of control(which will come in handy when learning how not to pee on everyone during diaper changes). This will also help with crying jags if the baby has started teething already!
Sensory baby toys

There are many ways to stimulate your newborn’s senses. The first step is to identify their individual needs and then expose them in a fun way for both you and your baby.

While you may be able to stimulate your newborn’s sensory development with toys and activities, you can also help by providing a lot of physical touch. Your baby will use his or her senses to learn about the world around them, and touch is one of their strongest senses at this age.

In particular, if you want to encourage language development in your baby (even though they won’t understand what you’re saying yet), try talking to them gently while holding them close. This helps establish an early bond between parent and child that can last throughout childhood (and beyond).

What Are The Best Playmats For Newborns?


Safety is the most important thing when it comes to baby play mats. Playmats should be breathable, easy to clean and easy to transport. They should also have a variety of activities and textures that will stimulate your newborn’s senses.

The world around us is filled with many different colours, shapes, sounds and textures, so babies need something similar in their play areas too! It’s not just about providing them with toys – they need somewhere safe to practice developing their fine motor skills, such as grasping objects between their fingers. This will help in their cognitive development.

When Can Newborn Babies Start Using A Play Mat?

You’re probably wondering, “When can my baby start using a play mat?” The simple answer is: at any time. Some parents opt to wait until their little one is old enough to sit up on their own or roll over before getting them started with a play mat. Others buy mats for their little ones when they are just a couple of months old!

You just need to find something safe for your baby, has features that are relevant for their age group (for example, tummy time mats for younger babies or educational activities for older ones), and doesn’t cost too much money. Having soft play matting is important to keep those babies comfortable.

How Should My Newborn Be Placed On A Play Mat?

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Babies should be placed on their backs, with their heads and feet supported. This means that the baby’s body is flat on the playmat, but his or her head is higher than his or her feet.

There are multiple ways to achieve this:

  • You can place a rolled-up towel under your baby’s head.
  • You can use an infant wedge pillow (available at most baby stores) to support your child’s body in a seated position.
  • If you’re using a play mat with straps that wrap around your child’s torso and keep him in place, ensure s/he has enough room inside those straps so that he doesn’t feel too confined when s/he moves around!

Other activities to help with your baby’s development.

Newborns’ brains are developing rapidly. They need to be stimulated in order to help them grow and thrive. Babies learn through play and interaction with their environment, so being exposed to new things will make it easier for them to develop healthy habits later on.

Newborns learn best when they’re at their own pace, so if you find that your baby isn’t interested in the activities you’re trying, it’s OK! Try something else until you find one that works for both of you. The most important thing is that they’re having fun! You can also try talking or singing while playing with them—they’ll start picking up language much faster than we think! And don’t forget about taking care of yourself while doing all these activities—it’s just as important for mommy too!

Play the Right Activity

You need to choose activities that are right for your baby’s age and stage of development. When you play with your baby, remember that he has many different ways of playing, learning and communicating with you—and they all have their own stages! You can start to explore each stage by looking at his abilities and interests and what kind of playtime helps him learn new things.

Create a Safe Play Space for Your Baby

  • Safety first! Make sure the floor is clean and dry when you start playing with your baby.
  • Make sure that any play spaces are away from windows and doorways, heating vents, cords or sharp objects.

Give Your Baby Plenty of Tummy Time

Tummy time

Tummy time is one of the most important activities you can do with your baby. Here’s why:

  • It helps your baby strengthen their head control. When they’re lying on their backs, babies tend to turn their heads to one side or another so that they can see what’s going on around them. With good neck and head control, they’ll be able to hold their heads up straight and move them from side-to-side more easily—just like you do!
  • Tummy time helps your baby strengthen neck control. Like with head control, babies who spend more time sitting will have better neck strength than those who spend more time lying down (or even rolling around). And again—this means less fussiness when you’re trying to get stuff done around the house!
  • Tummy time helps your baby strengthen arm and leg control. They learn how to kick and crawl by putting themselves into positions where they can support most of their weight with just those two limbs; tummy time gives them practice at holding those positions without having any help from other parts of their bodies (like shoulders or hips).
  • It helps develop eye coordination skills faster than anything else we know about so far! When we put our hands over our eyes while doing this activity as infants ourselves, it actually helped us learn how quickly things were moving around us without having any distractions like sound effects or background music playing through headphones while doing so…it really makes sense why our parents would want us spending all day playing outside every single day back then – especially if we had allergies like hay fever because there weren’t any prescriptions available yet!

Go Outside with Your Baby

Do not hesitate to take your child out in a baby carrier. The great outdoors is a wonderful place to bring your baby. The fresh air, sunlight and sounds will stimulate them in many ways.

  • It helps babies develop their senses.
  • It helps babies develop their hand-eye coordination.
  • It helps them learn social and language skills through play with other children and adults outside the home environment.
  • When they’re older, it gives them an opportunity to practice motor skills by rolling down hills or sliding on grassy slopes – plus, you get to dress them up in cute clothes when it gets hot outside!

Talk and Read to Your Baby

Reading to him/her is a great way to stimulate your baby’s brain development. Reading to your baby daily can help them learn new words and even increase their vocabulary. It also helps them learn how to focus on a book or toy. Reading out loud gives your baby a chance to practice listening and paying attention too!

You might want an extra copy of any books you read out loud so you can share with other caregivers who are spending time with your little one too

Do Activities That Involve Touch

Babies are born with an insatiable need to be touched. I mean, look at them! They’re so cute, soft—and chubby! They want to be held and cuddled all the time. And it’s important for their development; touching helps in newborn development of senses of sight, hearing and touch in particular. Even a baby massage can do wonders!

So do things that involve touch as much as possible! Babies love being talked to and read to—it gives them a sense of security (which they don’t have very much of). Singing songs is also great because it helps them learn language skills faster than reading alone would do (this is backed up by scientific research).

Playing with toys that make noises or have bright colours will help keep your baby entertained while you go about your business around the house; this will also encourage them to interact with their surroundings so they get used to what everything does around them (which will prepare them for when they finally start moving around on their own). Through this, the baby will start to explore his/her surroundings.


All of these activities are fun and easy to do with your newborn baby. They will help them grow as a person, and it’ll also be a good bonding time for you both!

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