Like any good parent, you want to boost your child’s development. But what are helpful games to play with your tot? Do ones like “This little piggy…” do any good? Is there yet more stuff you should be buying? Where’s your playtime fairy godmother to guide you? Actually, she’s right here. “Parents these days feel a lot of pressure to purchase the most educational, high-tech toys for their babies, and there are so many to choose from that it can be overwhelming,” says Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR, a pediatric occupational therapist and author of Retro Baby, a new book published by the American Academy of Pediatrics with more than 100 time-tested activities. ”The fact is that your hands, arms, lap and a smile are all you need for games that help strengthen babies’ muscles, encourage balance, teach language and promote bonding.” Check out nine old-fashioned activities, plucked from the book, that will benefit your baby and are fun, too—for both of you.
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