If all your baby says is Da-da, it doesn't mean she loves Daddy more then you, it just means she is able to form those sounds much easier than Ma-ma for instance. She may recognise some words and turn towards you when you say them. If she associates 'duck' with a certain book, she may point to the bookshelf when the word 'duck' is spoken. Playtime also helps your baby to learn so make sure you give her activities that make her experiment; pots, pans and wooden spoons will encourage her to work out how to bang something together to make a noise. If she manages to make a sound you'll see how delighted she is. Drums, tamborines and bells work in the same way. Most babies at this stage love to make as much noise as possible!
Games to play with 4-6 month old babies:
- Most babies love bubbles
- Shine a torch at the ceiling and create a light show
- Your baby will love any ‘tickle’ game particularly ‘round and round the garden’ and ‘this little piggy’.
- Scoop your child up and play flying rockets
- Balls, activity centres, bath toys, and buttons which make noises will all be fascinating for your baby
- You can start reading to your baby as soon as possible
- Singing games like ‘Wind the bobbin up’ and ‘Old Macdonald’.
Games to play with 7-9 month old babies
- Banging a drum, saucepan or anything
- Building bricks
- Stacking toys
- Baby books with flaps or pop-up pictures, or baby books with touch and feel elements
- Toys which make noises or switch on and off lights
- Obstacle courses
- Where’s Mummy? (Hiding under the baby blanket)
- Dropping games and saying ‘whoops’ and ‘uh-oh’
- All singing games like ‘The wheels on the bus’ and ‘five little ducks’.
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