My daughter will be 6 months next week and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by.It’s amazing to see in just a few months how much more active and aware of their surroundings they are. Although she may not be running around the house and ready for our craft sessions with her older brother, there are still a ton of activities that you can do with your baby. Here are some of our favorite activities that will promote your babies physical, cognitive, and language development!
15 Baby Activities
Reading To Your Baby – Choose books with bright colors and patterns. They love to hear your voice and helps with bonding. We do our story time every day before nap time and bed time. The soft books are a favorite of my daughters or the ones that make noise!
Mirror Play – Whether it’s a mirror in their crib, pack and play, or a toy they love watching themselves. At this age they are discovering their feet and hands so we love ours in her pack and play so she can watch herself play!
Toys With Sound – Anything with sound is a great idea they learn the cause and effect. That once they hit it, it makes a sound.
Singing – This is an activity that our son loves to chime in on. The Itsy Bitsy Spider or Patty Cake will have your little one smiling and laughing. Babies love social play!
Rain Bath – A great way for your baby to explore their senses is through a rain bath.Water play is a great sensory stimulation. We have Tupperware buckets for play that have holes on the bottom of them that we use for this activity.
Talking To Your Baby – The most important and simple activity of them all. Your baby loves hearing YOU and seeing you while you talk. It helps language and social development and creates a better bond with you.
Rolling Over – Tummy time is so important to help build up those muscles. Once they’re ready they will start rolling over on their own. Our daughter rolled over at 4 months and we spent a lot of time before that doing tummy time.
Making Music – Now that our daughter is sitting up on her own she is able to sit in her high chair. She loves when I’m cooking and I let her use a plastic kitchen utensil she will bang it on her tray to create music. Usually my son is standing there with her dancing to whatever ‘music’ she’s creating.
Mimicking – This is how our son learned to speak his first word, he was repeating what I said after saying mom mom mom everyday to him! Not only does it help with language development but she thinks it’s hilarious.
Baby Massages – My daughter loves her massages after bath time. I’ve noticed the nights we may skip it she will have a harder time falling asleep!
Tummy Time – Lay them on their stomach and encourage them to move or grab toys. We usually use one of her small stuffed animals or noisy toys and wave it in front of her to encourage her to look and grab. This strengthens the muscles to help them learn to roll over and crawl.
Activity Mat Play – Ones with a mobile are great when they are at the following and grasping stage of development. Once they are able to push themselves up you can move on to one of the other play mats without the mobiles.
Touching Different Textures – We use different books for this that offer different kinds of textures and materials on each page. Encourage them to touch the different pages.
Physical Development – Do some dancing. Obviously while being gentle and your baby is laying down, gently move their arms or legs around they love moving their legs and arms around at this age so they will probably be doing it themselves.
Finger Painting – Once your baby is sitting up on their own this is a fun activity to do with the edible finger paint recipes like this two ingredient Neon Taste Safe Finger Paint recipe. If you’re afraid of a mess put the finger paint in a clear zip loc bag and tape it the high chair table for them to mess around on so it’s mess free!
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