A few weeks after your child is born, you start to think of ways that will make him smarter and more intelligent than the other kids. I know I used to do the same thinking that I must introduce certain games and activities to my (now one year old) baby. The brains of the babies falling in this age group are extremely active. And it is only wise to put in a little effort and make them use their brains in incredible ways. Yes, while most activities require your supervision or for you to play with your baby, for others your child is better off playing alone. So, let us talk about some activities and games for your 6-8 months baby.
One activity that I regularly did with my daughter was name-calling.
When she was about a few weeks old, I would lie next to her and softly say her name close to her right ear.
When she would move her head in my direction, I would switch to the left and say her name in her left ear.
This way your baby will begin to use his muscles in your response and develop a sense of recognition.
There is nothing that a baby loves more than his parents’ face initially. And one activity that is very common in every house with a baby is peek-a-boo.
Your baby has to be at least about 6-8 weeks for to recognize your face.
The more your baby responds to peek-a-boo, the more your baby is making advances in cognitive development.
3Bath time fun
One activity that my daughter absolutely enjoys doing is while she’s bathing. Because now she can grasp almost everything properly, she has more fun doing this.
In the bath tub, put a few small plastic containers and/or water toys. If you’re using containers, put some water in them and make your baby pour it on himself.
If using toys, make the toys (like a duck) swim and make noise (a quack) so he knows what sound this bird/animal makes. It’s a very fun bath time activity for your baby.
4Pass the ball
This is a pretty easy game but at the same time very important for hand eye coordination of the baby. Just take a big soft ball (not too big or too small) and sit a few inches away from your baby on the floor.
Throw the ball at him and ask him to throw it back to you. Although your baby may take some time in understanding what is happening, but with time the instant you show a ball to your baby, his reflexes will make him throw it back to you (he won’t the target but you get the point).
5Feel the textures
Another important activity for the baby is feeling different textures. It is important to develop a baby’s strong sense of touch. Just give your baby a variety of things like a sponge, water ball, a soft hairbrush etc and let him explore the textures himself.
Be careful about him putting them in his mouth though. When you give your baby these objects to play with, you will be amazed to see how fascinating they find them and will be occupied for a couple of minutes with them for sure.
There is no absolutely dearth of activities and games you can play with your infant. Ensure that you play with your baby as much as you can as it will help in not only his cognitive development but also help him to learn early by exploring.
What activities have you tried with your infant? Do you have some more games for your 6-8 months baby apart from these ones? Let our readers know.