The short answer is most likely: DON'T BE. It’s time we ditch the guilt when it comes to the amount of playtime spent with our babies, but if you do worry, you’re not alone. A recent survey with Fisher-Price reveals 66% of parents are anxious that they’re not playing enough with children, but luckily the experts disagree.
Even as our babies seem to have jam-packed schedules, what they really need is a balance between child-led play time and playtime with an adult.
A simple way to strike a good balance is to help your baby start playing independently. This is a skill they won’t fully master until well into toddlerhood, but here are two ways to make it part of your daily play routine.
The principles of child-led play and observation are closely aligned with Montessori philosophy. Seeing what interests your baby has at a given time will help you be more prepared for purposeful play the next time you plan an activity. But until then, take it slow and show them you are present - that is all they need.
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