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Is structured play or free play better for babies?
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Both are important.
Free play is definitely under-rated; too often we don't allow babies to have "free time" to play and learn to be ok by themselves. Especially as they age, children learn much about socialization thru free play. Yet some guidance and direction with interaction with family members is crucial for development as well. Strike a balance.

In brief: No
Both are important.
Free play is definitely under-rated; too often we don't allow babies to have "free time" to play and learn to be ok by themselves. Especially as they age, children learn much about socialization thru free play. Yet some guidance and direction with interaction with family members is crucial for development as well. Strike a balance.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Neither is "better", both are needed by your baby.
There has to be some free time to just roll around, tickle, laugh, do what your baby is interested in at the moment. But you also need some time that you lead - reading to baby, looking at books, singing songs, looking at photo albums both of these types of activities are important for interaction with environment and people as well as learning.

In brief: Yes
Neither is "better", both are needed by your baby.
There has to be some free time to just roll around, tickle, laugh, do what your baby is interested in at the moment. But you also need some time that you lead - reading to baby, looking at books, singing songs, looking at photo albums both of these types of activities are important for interaction with environment and people as well as learning.
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Actually, a little bit of both is ideal for babies.
Letting babies play freely with their toys or even common (safe) household items is a great way for them to explore and use their imagination. More structured play can help teach routines and can often provide great opportunities for socialization and shared experiences.

In brief: Yes
Actually, a little bit of both is ideal for babies.
Letting babies play freely with their toys or even common (safe) household items is a great way for them to explore and use their imagination. More structured play can help teach routines and can often provide great opportunities for socialization and shared experiences.
Dr. Adam Naddelman
Dr. Adam Naddelman
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