Sitting up without support gives babies a new outlook on life. And once they've mastered this skill, they
will eagerly move on towards crawling. Toys placed just
out of reach will motivate them to lunge forward and
discover ways to rock and scoot and move along the floor.
As babies' fine motor skills improve, they can pick
up smaller objects, so be sure to provide small toys
that fit comfortably in baby's hands. An assortment
of these on the high chair tray will keep baby occupied
for a long time. This is also a great age to introduce
simple activity books, and as baby grows, so should
the complexity of these interactive books. As babies
approach one year, fill and dump container play will
keep them busy for hours. Object permanence is a concept
that will be learned at this age, so hiding games become
lots of fun. Babies will also show more interest in
mirror play. And don't forget to bring on the balls.
Lightweight foam balls are fun for rolling and gentle
tossing with a caregiver. Some babies will show readiness
to stand and even begin walking. Walker toys that baby
can hold onto and push across the room are perfect for
these months, significant advances in motor development
take place. Babies progress from learning to sit well
to leaning forward into a crawling position. They will
learn to pull themselves up into a standing position
to cruise along furniture, and some go-getters will
even begin walking before age one. Here are some ways
you can promote these gross motor skills through interactive
your baby becomes an expert at sitting, make a "play
circle" together with your legs while you sit
facing each other during play. This is perfect for
block play and container play.
your sitting baby to lean forward into a crawling
position by putting his favorite toys just beyond
his reach. Musical toys and rattles are great for
crawling baby will love to play "fetch"
as you roll her favorite ball across the room.
baby is sitting comfortably, baths take on a whole
new meaning. Turn these wash times into a splashing
fun time as you help baby become comfortable in the
"treasure hunt" with your crawling baby.
Place his favorite blocks around the room and encourage
him to gather them up.
begin to use their fingers more skillfully, and will
eventually master the thumb-and-finger pincer grasp
on tiny objects. Picking up blocks and other small toys
with one hand will become second nature, and you will
commonly see a toy in each hand while baby looks around
for a third. Eventually baby will begin container play
and spend hours putting things in and dumping them out
again. Here are some ways you can promote these fine
motor skills through interactive play:
this age babies are more easily entertained during
a long car ride with a few favorite toys to keep their
balls are a great tool for baby's playtime to work
on his one-handed grasping and "fill and
dump" container play.
bath time, add a few floating bath toys to the water
to keep baby's reaching hands busy while you wash
off the day's dirt.
your sitting baby with his favorite blocks or other
small objects so he can practice his reach and grab.
baby can begin to appreciate different touch sensations
with his fingers. Offer your baby as many different
textures as you can.
baby's toes and pulling them up to his mouth is a
fun exercise. Put some foot rattles onto baby's feet
to encourage this discovery.
books are a great outlet for baby's curious fingers
and will get your child interested in books at a young
and cognitive development
responsiveness to caregiver's interactions becomes more
rewarding, and baby will frequently "flirt"
with whoever is looking his way. During these months
baby will begin to respond specifically to his own name.
Waving and clapping are fun skills that you will see
baby pick up. Baby's inquisitive nature will prompt
him to systematically explore every interesting nook
and cranny of his domain. Baby-proofing becomes increasingly
important. Here are some ways you can promote your baby's
social and cognitive skills through interactive play:
peek-a-boo is a perfect game to exercise baby's social
responses. A large ball, toy doll, or even your own
hands to hide behind work great.
begin to mimic your actions. Bath is a perfect time
to show your baby how to have a splashing fun time.
hands is another way your baby will thrill to imitate
you. Be sure to cheer her on.
baby will be intrigued with the concepts of "in"
and "out". Help your baby understand container
play by showing him how to play with a bucket and
begin to pick and choose between toys. While your
baby is engaged with a toy in each hand, place a third
in front of her to exercise her decision-making skills.
bye-bye can be made even more fun and social using
colorful finger puppets.
are a fun way to interact with your baby. Explore
your reflections together.
and language development
these months baby's cute little "coos" and
"goos" will mature into babbling with consonant
sounds. Baby will begin to talk her own language of
jabbering as she imitates the language patterns of those
around her. A few precocious talkers may even surprise
you with their first word before age one. Baby's
understanding of various phrases will begin, such as
"No" and "Come see daddy". Baby
will continue to be intrigued by sounds that she can
create on her own during play. Here are some ways you
can promote your baby's hearing and language skills
through interactive play:
two wooden blocks together is a great way for your
baby to learn how to create sounds. Grab two blocks
yourself and play along.
are a great way to draw your baby into playtime with
you. Dropping or shaking her wooden blocks in a plastic
bucket is sure to get her attention.
shaking, and blowing musical toy instruments will
become a favorite activity for your baby. Get her
started early and cheer on her "talent".
toys will continue to interest your baby. Hum and
sing along and your baby will try to mimic you and
join in with his own "singing".