Infants (Birth - 12 months)
Play for infants:
- Soft music, singing and rocking
- Looking into mirrors and at faces
- Soft toys, rattles, and toys that light up and make music
- Shaking items as well as throwing them
- Infants can show pleasure and pain by making noises
- Infants are sleeping on and off between feedings and 4-6 hours at night
- Talking to infants and moving their arms and legs helps promote development
Common stressors and fears of infants in the hospital:
- Separation from caregiver
- Over or under stimulation
- Disrupted routine
What you can do to help while your infant is in the hospital:
- Be present and participate in your infant's care as much as possible
- Bring favorite items from home (blanket, pacifier, etc.)
- Avoid keeping bright lights on in the room
- Allow for ways to have "play time"
- Try to maintain a routine for eating and sleeping
- Allow them to suck on their pacifier or hand, including during procedures. Sucking is a way for infants to soothe themselves.
- Remain calm and relaxed whenever possible. Infants can feel tension in our bodies and respond to it by becoming stressed.