BABY PLAY-6 TO 9 MONTHS
To enjoy parenthood in the best possible way, you ought to know about “Baby Play – 6 to 9 months“. Children develop various skills through play.
Between 6-7 months, your child will be able to bear her weight on one hand when she’s lying down on her tummy.
Playing games with her things, using her name, will encourage her sense of self. Say things like: “whose doll is this? This is Ria’s doll.”
Develop her sense of humor by playing games like ‘round and round the garden like a teddy bear. One step, two steps, tickle you over there’—tickle her till she is reduced to giggles.
Encourage her to pull her tummy off the floor. Lay side by side on your front and lift your arms and your body and your baby’s off the floor.
Play touching games: Use every opportunity to touch your baby and let her touch you; for example, she’ll love it if you let her explore your face.
7-8 months: Your baby will try to pick up objects using his thumb and fingers in “pincer“movement.
Play games encouraging her to vocalize. Repeat rhymes over and over again always with the same emphasis and move your body; she’ll start to copy you and use her body as well.
Use safe house-hold items as toys. For example plastic, wooden spoons, pans and brushes. Show your baby how to use each one. She will enjoy the banging ones!
Lie on the floor and encourage her to climb over you.
Play clapping games– encourage her to copy you.
Encourage her to stretch out to retrieve a toy that is a little away from her.
Always answer her needs and cries—this breeds self- confidence and self- esteem.
Your baby will have mastered the skill of leaning forwards to reach objects.
Read a book or a magazine – your baby will love to look at the colorful supplements as you talk to her about them.
Get lots of noisy toys (wooden spoons, metal pots and pans or a toy drum). It helps her to understand how to exert some control over things and herself and develops her understanding of cause and effect.
Name parts of your body and ask her to copy you.
Crawl beside your baby and imitate her movements to encourage her to do the same.
Show her how to put one brick on top of another. It takes a lot of skill and she won’t be able to achieve it. But she’ll enjoy knocking them down and watch them scatter in different directions.
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