Tips and toys you can use for newborn babies
- Both the father and the mother should communicate with the newborn.
- Your child’s face shouldn't be covered for long periods of time because children need to see in order for their eyesight to develop.
- Although common in some places, newborns should not be tightly bound in clothing for long periods, so they can move and touch people and things.
- Clean, safe, and colorful things from the household, such as a wooden spoon or plastic bowl, can be given to the child to reach for and touch.
- When your baby is one week or older, a simple, homemade toy, like a shaker rattle, can attract your child’s interest by the sounds it makes when you shake it gently.
- Make a gourd rattle: Find a small gourd, cut a round hole at the stem and clean out the seeds and flesh. Let it dry out well and put 2 or small rocks or other objects inside. Find a stick the size of the whole and glue it to the gourd.
- Make a bottle rattle: Take a plastic bottle or equivalent receptacle. Insert nuts, stones, colorful strips cut from other plastic bottles. Insert wood stick in the bottle, and warp a ring with strips or cloth.
- Squeeze toys: Trace and enlarge various patterns on a fabric. Cut out two pieces for each pattern. Sew the edges and stuff with wool, beans or candy wrappers. Sew the ends. You can also cut out the figure of a doll and stuff it.