10 Beautifully Simple Activities For 1 Month Old Babies!

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 03/08/22 •  8 min read  •  Baby » Baby Play

Playing with a newborn can be quite strange as you are not getting much response yet, but I promise you that they are absorbing EVERYTHING you are showing, saying and doing with them!

So, here are 10 beautifully simple activities for 1 month old babies that will boost baby’s development and mind through fun games, perfect moments & everyday tasks!

Why Are Activities For 1 Month Old Babies Important?

From the moment your baby is born they are ready to start their amazing journey of life and you will be their guide!

As a new parent, playing with a 1 month old can be rather daunting as it will feel like you are not getting a lot in return!

However, interacting with your baby in these early days and weeks is vitally important to their development.

This is because playtime is vital for bonding, the development of your baby’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

In order to offer your baby the right activities, it is important to understand what your baby is capable of learning and what they will find stimulating and fascinating.

Do I Need To Entertain My Baby All Day?

Nope. There is no need to entertain your 1 month old every minute they are awake. 

In fact, your 1 month old will not be able to stay awake and concentrate for very long and offering them too much stimulation can backfire and result in a very overtired baby!

While it is important to interact with your baby during these wake periods, it is also a good idea to offer them opportunities to play alone or just observe the world around them.

9 Important 1 Month Old Baby Milestones

Sight, sound, taste, touch and smell will be your 1 month old’s main ways of interacting with you and the world around them.

By one month your baby will be able to:

  1. Focus on an object 8-12 inches away,
  2. Be drawn to bold patterns,
  3. Love to look at your face and listen to your voice,
  4. Turn their head towards familiar sounds,
  5. Like the feel of soft toys and fabrics,
  6. Be able to lift their head very briefly while on their tummy,
  7. Hold your hand tightly if you place your finger in their palm,
  8. Recognise the smell of mother’s milk,
  9. Have less jerky movements.

Head over to my post 1 Month Old Baby Milestones for more information on understanding your newborn and learning how to enjoy this wonderful stage in your baby’s developmental journey!

7 Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Playing With A 1 Month Old Baby

So, how do you play with a 1 month old?

Essentially, you are their favourite plaything.

Simple as that.

Your face, touch and voice will keep them entertained for ages, so learning how to make the most of this is KEY to playing with 1 month old babies!

Playing with your newborn should be spontaneous, fun, gentle, loving and enjoyable for both of you.

So, here are 7 tricks to get the most out of playtime with your 1 month old!

1. Focus On Your Baby And Be Present

Pay attention to what your baby likes and responds to. 

It sounds simple… but all babies are different and by focusing on what grabs their interest you will know what types of play they enjoy the most!

Show them a variety of visually stimulating objects and different rattles such as these hand-held and foot rattles from BlooBloomax and see which ones they respond to the most.

Even at this early age, they will have preferences!

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2. Take Things Slowly And Be Patient

You may feel as if your baby is not taking much interest in the world at times but just hang in there… 

That rattle you have been showing them for the past couple of days may suddenly get a reaction, so don’t give up on the first try!

3. Talk A Lot

This one is an easy activity for 1 month old babies as you can just chat away while you go about your day together! 

If you are unsure what to say… then talk about what you are doing, tell them how much you love them, you can even talk about what colour the clothes are that you washing!

The sound of your voice is what they love and they do not need to understand what you are saying at this point.

4. Show Them A Lot

Show them this amazing world!

Walk around the room together, take them outside and talk about what you see.

Show your baby bright shiny objects, mirrors and lights. This tummy time mirror is a great option to combine two activities in one!

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Remember everything is new and fascinating to them which will help boost their development and understanding of the world around them!

5. Play Music and Sing Together

Babies love music and they will love it when you sing to them!

So sing lullabies and nursery rhymes, play music and dance away!

6. Read To Them!

It is never too early to introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books

As well as being a great bonding experience your baby will love to look at the pictures and listen to you read to them. 

Check out the section on books for newborns in the post, best books for baby’s first year for my top recommendations.

7. Get Creative

As well as having a few focused play times such as tummy time and looking at books together, interacting while changing their nappy and bathing them is also a great way to play with your little one!

5 Perfect Sensory Activities For 1 Month Old

Sensory activities for 1 month old babies focus on helping your baby experience the big wide world around them!

Here are my top 5 activities to get started with:

Touch, Cuddle and Love
Why I Like It: Your baby will love to be cuddled, massaged, tickled and touched! Learn how to give your baby a massage, hold their hands and stroke their heads, tummy and feet. Touch is the language of love between you and your baby and will be the key to your bonding!
Why It Is Important: Bonding with your baby is grounded in touch from that first skin to skin experience to the cuddles and physical comfort that you give as they grow. So, touching your baby is hugely important in the early weeks!
Relax Under A Mobile
Why I Like It: I love crib mobiles as they are an ideal and guilt-free way of giving you a short break to have a quick shower or cup of tea, knowing that your baby is learning to spend time alone and focus on interesting and stimulating objects dangling above!
Why It Is Important: Crib mobiles are another great way to encourage your baby to play independently while improving your little one's eyesight, cognitive development and general motor skills!
Shake The Rattle
Why I Like It: What I like best about rattles is their versatility! From foot rattles to traditional wooden ones, 1 month old babies will love the different textures and sounds that rattles make and eventually, they will be able to reach out and grab them for themselves!
Why It Is Important: A good old fashioned rattle comes in so many forms and they offer so much developmentally for your baby. They expose your baby to lots of textures and sounds, open their eyes to the world of cause and effect and provide hours of fun!
It's Time To Sing!
Why I Like It: Nursery rhymes, lullabies and general sing-songs will all grab your baby’s attention. It will improve their language development and be a beautiful bonding experience for you both. Also... How can you not love singing to your baby?!
Why It Is Important: Singing is another way of communicating with your little one! Babies will love to hear you sing and they will never judge your voice! Nurturing a love of music in your baby also has so many benefits from language and cognitive development as well as being calming and comforting too.

5 Curious Cognitive Activities For 1 Month Old

Cognitive activities for 1 month old babies focus on helping your baby boost their brain power!

Here are my top 5 activities for cognitive development to get started with:

Face To Face Time
Why I Like It: Your face and voice are your 1 month old's best entertainment! Spending face to face time talking and singing to your little one is a hugely bonding experience for you both. Enjoy in getting to know each other and know that you are boosting your baby’s sensory, emotional and cognitive development too!
Why It Is Important: Face to face time with your little one is so important for many reasons... You will be sowing the seeds to language development, teaching baby how to read emotions as well as helping your baby’s sight develop as they focus on your face!
Tummy Time
Why I Like It: Tummy time will be a staple of every playtime with your baby. You can start tummy time as you lay skin to skin and then progress to short periods of tummy time on a stimulating play mat or with a tummy time book. Starting with a few minutes a day tummy time will become a mainstay for your young baby’s daily developmental activities!
Why It Is Important: Tummy time will strengthen your baby's muscles that are required to learn how to become mobile. But tummy time is also crucial to cognitive development as your baby learns about their spatial awareness!

Story Time
Why I Like It: I believe that books are vitally important in raising young children. They have so many benefits, the most important being the hugely bonding experience that reading a book with your baby can be. Establishing a love of books as early as you are able is one of the best things you can do for your child.
Why It Is Important: Books improve your baby's vision and help to develop their language, cognitive development and concentration too. Reading to your baby is amazing and you can never start too early!

Chill Out In A Play Gym
Why I Like It: Play gyms offer lots for your baby to focus on and they also teach your baby how to play alone for a while, which will sow the seeds to being able to play independently. Play gyms also grow with your baby as you can add to what they can play with as they grow and they will offer many hours of entertainment over their first few months!
Why It Is Important: Play gyms allow babies to play independently and are a great way to promote cognitive development as they learn to watch, stare and trace movements!
See My Reflection
Why I Like It: Baby’s love mirrors! Seeing a reflection of themselves, even though they don’t know it’s them, will always hold their attention! I love how very young babies find their own reflection fascinating and then as they grow up, they realise it's them staring back!
Why It Is Important: Showing your baby a mirror is a great way to help with their cognitive development journey. Whether you use a mirror in a tummy time book or attach one to the side of the crib your baby will always be drawn to a mirror and it will definitely help with their visual development!

Activities For 1 Month Old Babies Recap

Playing with your 1 month old is all about introducing them to their world!

Be patient, be creative and enjoy this time with your newborn! 

Watch their awareness grow as they start to respond more and more to your voice and to what you show them.

Remember to focus on developing their senses and creating a strong bond with you with lots of cuddles. 

Play and activities at this stage are about being close to you, listening to your voice, focusing on your face and looking at the things you show them!

Mix in some daily tummy time and spend time looking independently at a mobile or play gym and you will have provided all that is needed to give your little one the best start in life.

Until Next Time

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And if you’re looking for products for your little one and you’re not sure where to begin, be sure to check out my Parenting Toolbox.

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If you have any blog recommendations that you’d like me to write about or you have any further questions about activities for young babies, then be sure to drop me an email at [email protected] – I love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading and until next time, Happy Parenting!

Paula McLaren

Paul Mclaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the child care industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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