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Activities for Infants Birth - 6 months old
- Sing lullabies and tell your baby nursery rhymes
- Place interesting objects on the wall close to your baby's bed or close to her line of vision. Simple pictures from magazines are great.
- When your baby is a newborn, show her black and white pictures. Place them 8-10 inches from her.
- Talk to your baby about things that he is seeing, hearing, and feeling.
- Read books.
- Let your baby hear new, gentle sounds. Quiet musical toys or soft bells will be interesting to him.
- Talk to your baby about things she seems to like or dislike. "You don't like that big noise, do you?"
- Begin to play simple games with your baby such as Peekaboo.
- Let your baby lie on a blanket on the floor and get down on the floor with him. See the world from his point of view.
- Introduce new, safe objects for your baby to explore. Simple objects such as plastic cups and big wooden spoons are all new to her.
- Gently rock your baby and dance with him to music.
Activities for Infants 6 Months Old
- Play Peekaboo and Pat-a-Cake with your baby.
- Let your baby begin to feed himself bits of food and help feed himself with a spoon and cup.
- Sing to your baby. Make up songs about your baby using her name.
- Use your baby's name when you dress, feed, and diaper her: "Here is Chaos' finger," "Here is Pinky's foot."
- Bath time is a wonderful time to have fun and be close with your baby. Sponges, plastic cups, and washcloths make simple, inexpensive tub toys.
- Get down on the floor and play with him at his level. Look at toys, books, or objects together.
- Bring your baby to new places to see new things. Go on a walk to a park or in the mall, or just bring her shopping. She will love to see new things.
- When you are working in your home, place your baby in new areas or new positions. the world looks very different from new spot!
- "Talk" with your baby. When your baby makes a sound, imitate the sound back to her. Go back and forth as long as possible.
- Go over and visit a friend who has a baby or young child.