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How to play with a baby: Or, what in the world to DO with that sweet little cherub

How to play with a baby

Congratulations! Your baby is here! (Now what?)

Today we're going to talk about how to PLAY with your baby. 

The meal trains have ended. The relatives have left. Other than nursing, pottying, and napping what exactly are you supposed to do with your sweet little bundle all day? 

If you are having these thoughts, or even feeling guilty for feeling a bit bored, you aren't alone! Today we're going to talk about ways to interact with and play with your baby.

You will learn:

  • How changing the way you interact with your baby can help protect against postpartum depression
  • How to incorporate your baby into your household routine
  • Benefits of babywearing
  • How to build EC around your life
  • 9 ways to interact with your baby in “playtime”
  • A few tips from our listeners!

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Do you have any ideas for playing with your baby that were not covered in today's episode? Are you going to start using any of the baby play techniques I’ve mentioned? Please leave a comment below with your experience!

I look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

xx Andrea

Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Kayla McNeill on July 16, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I totally get bored so I’m so glad you cover this! I love the idea of turning off the lights and using a flash light! So cool and also I love that you mentioned I don’t need to buy a bu ch of toys I can just use things around the house. I am totally going to try the scarfs in a tissue box. Thanks for you videos and ressources! Your awesome!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on July 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

      It’s my pleasure, Kayla! The scarves in a tissue box is one of our faves right now with 7 month old Twyla :) Enjoy!! xx Andrea

  2. Avatar Mandy on August 1, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the refreshing information on playing with our babies! It is so hopeful of depression starts to creep in, to learn to enjoy time with baby like this! ❤

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on August 11, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      You’re welcome! It really is great to stop and take time to interact and focus on baby in a playful way. xx Andrea

  3. Avatar Richard Hogg on September 13, 2019 at 1:00 am

    What is the frequency in which this can be used? Is it bad to bathe kids in this a few nights in a row? Recommendations?

  4. Avatar Judy on October 5, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Marvelous podcast! Thank you so much Andrea. I love playing with my baby, but I can always use more ideas. I’ve listened to a bunch of your podcasts, but this one for some reason really touched me –your compassion for new moms and their babies is so evident. Thank you!

    • Avatar Andrea Olson on October 13, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Judy! I am so glad this podcast resonated with you. xx Andrea

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