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play&quiet time essentials checklist

With immediate needs (your baby's and your own) met, it's play time! You have hit your parenting stride when you have time to break out the baby mirror and play a good old-fashioned game of peek-a-boo. Save some parental creativity and energy for quiet time, the lead-in to a nap or bedtime. (For newborns, falling asleep alone is a learned skill that takes practice.) Put together a repertoire of lullabies, practice standing and rocking in place and rest up now. Countless products exist for play and quiet time but, fortunately, none can take your place.

nm tip: It's never too early to play with your baby, read to your baby, or start a bedtime routine. These may seem like one-sided efforts early on!