By the three months old babies become more alert which opens a wide range of fun developmental activities you could do together. I remember being so happy when my baby was more awake and started smiling. I enjoyed watching her babbling, exploring hands and kicking feet. For all new moms I’ve made a list of our ten favourite activities to give you more ideas for play. We loved all and still playing most of them, even now while she is 9 month old.
Read this 10 fun baby activities ideas you can play with your 3-6 month old baby.
1.UP AND DOWN
Hold your baby and lifting her say ‘up’ and say ‘down’ lowering her. You may use high-pitched voice on the way up and lower pitched tone on the way down so she’ll understand that voices go up and down, too. So fun!
2. TAKE YOUR LITTLE FEET AND PUSH, PUSH
While your baby is on her stomach place your hands against her feet. She will try to bring herself forward by pushing on your hands.
This game is great preparation exercise for crawling. We did it a lot with our daughter and she started crawling by the 8th month.
3. HIDE AND SEEK
Babies love peekaboo games over and over. Start by holding your baby’s favourite toy in front of him and then put it away from his sight. Encourage him to look for the toy asking questions. Finally show him toy saying peekaboo. Once he starts to pay attention to where the toy goes he will follow your movements closely.
4. ROLL OVER
Fun game to play encouraging your baby to roll over. Help your baby to roll over from his tummy to back and reverse. This will help develop his chest and arm muscles.
5. KICK THE TOY
Put your baby on his back and hold soft toy near his feet. When he notices toy he will try to kick it with his legs. It is more fun if you hold a rattle or toy that makes a noise with every kick. You may even hold a balloon, that will be new experience for your baby and fun as balloon is light and can be kicked easily.
6. LEARNING CONVERSATION
Even your baby can talk for real he babble on his own language. Start a conversation with short sentence such as ‘Did you sleep well?’ Wait till your baby responds and then continue as looking him in the eyes. This game also teaches your baby about talking turns.
7. MIRROR GAME
Sit with your baby in your lap in front of the mirror. Ask ‘Who is that baby?’ Than wave your baby’s hand saying ‘Hi, baby’. Then ask ‘Where’s baby’s foot?’ Wave your baby’s foot saying ‘Hi, foot’. Continue game with different parts of the baby’s body identifying each part of her body as you make the movement.
8. EXPLORE TEXTURES
By now your baby is fascinated with tactile things. Soft cloth book is a perfect sensory activity to keep little fingers busy. My daughter adore sensory book I’ve made for her. You can explore together while explaining your baby each object and its texture by words. This will also help hi to learn his vocabulary.
9. GIGGLE TOGETHER
Mimic the sound that your baby makes . When he giggles, giggle with him. The more you repeat his sounds, the more your baby will be encouraged to make more sounds.
10. CREATE A HAND PUPPET
For hand puppet you can use just a simple sock. Curl your hands to make a mouth and adopt funny voice. Your baby will be fascinated by new talking toy. Using sock as a puppet is also a great way to entertain your baby while changing diaper.
While playing don’t forget to encourage your baby talking or singing song or rhyme. Enjoy while your baby learns new milestones, it is precious time for both of you.
What are your favourite activities with your baby? What surprises you the most with your newborn? Share your experience with us in comment below.