Saturday, April 24, 2010

Playing With Your Baby

Fisher Price wrote a fun article about different activities you can play with your baby!

From birth to 3 months
*Put on a show.
Since babies love music, your little one will enjoy dancing with you--rocking gently in your arms to different tunes. Stand in front of a mirror (babies delight in seeing their reflection) and move and sing together.

3 to 6 months
*Talk it up.
Stand baby on your lap and gently bounce him up and down while you point out interesting things and say their names: "See the orange kitty? What does a kitty say? Meow!"

6 to 9 months
*Play pat-a-cake.
This silly game teaches your baby to anticipate actions. When playing together, sing cheerfully with exaggerated facial expressions-your baby will coo with delight and mimic your expressions.

9 to 12 months
*Play hide-and-seek.
At around 9 months, babies begin to understand the concept of object permanence (a toy exists even when it's out of sight, for example). Nurture this knowledge by playing a variation of hide-and-seek: Show your baby a toy, hide it under a blanket, and then have him search for it. Imagine his surprise when he locates the hidden object.