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Activities for you to enjoy together

For all mums, dads and main carers, the world may feel like it has suddenly changed.  But this can be a good time to slow down and take time to get to know your baby better.  From birth, your baby is born ready to relate and wants to start building their relationship with you. 

When babies show us that they are ready to relate (engage) they will have bright eyes. Activities that babies love are simple, they don’t need lots of toys they just need you.

Look at each other

Just looking into one another’s eyes is really good for you both. This will release lots of positive hormones in both of your bodies and can help you both feel in tune and relaxed. 

Baby looking into mums face

Sing together

Your baby will love the sound of your voice! Sing to your baby, they will even recognise songs that you sang before they were born.  

Fathers And Son Playing

Make faces together

You will notice your baby loves it when you copy their expressions – try making faces with your baby.  

Mum and baby looking into each others eyes and making same 'ooh' shape with mouths

Laugh together

Laughter helps your brain feel safer. Find some time to share joy with your baby, in a simple way.  Even very young babies love the game of peek-a-boo.

Chat together

Chat to your baby about what you see and what’s going on. They will engage with the sound of your voice and it helps them learn to understand you.  

Dad and child pointing togher

Take a bath together

Try having a bath together – skin-to-skin is great for you both, the warm water is relaxing too, splashing is also fun!  

Eat together

Sharing feeding can be relaxing for both of you. Take time to enjoy these moments with your baby. If your baby is over 6 months, eat together – you can share tastes of foods and your baby will enjoy exploring food, in particular how it feels, and they will be learning lots too.  

The Ready to Relate Toolkit includes lots more information and activities and games for different ages which have been provided by Professor Elizabeth Meins.