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Activities for Infants 4 - 8 Month Olds

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Securely attach bells on baby's sock or sleeve today. This may encourage baby to kick and wave. Baby will hear the sounds when moving about. Watch to see if baby searches for the sounds. Give baby a spoon to grasp and  chew on. It's easy to hold and feels good in the mouth. It's also great for banging, swiping,and dropping. While sitting on the floor, place baby in a sitting position inside your legs. use your legs and chest to provide only as much support as a baby needs. This allows you to play with baby while encouraging independent sitting. Gently rub baby with a soft cloth, a paper towel, or nylon. Talk about how things feel (soft, rough, slippery). Lotion and powder feel good, too.
Let baby see self in mirror. Place an unbreakable mirror on side of crib or changing table so baby can watch. look in mirror with baby, too. Make your own crib gym. Attach kitchen tools (measuring spoons and cups, potato masher ow whips, shaker cup with a bell inside) to yarn across crib. Place where baby can kick it. Take down when baby is not playing. Always supervise. Play voice games. Talk with a high or low voice. Click your tongue. Whisper. Take turns with baby. Repeat any sounds made by baby. Place baby so you are face to face - baby will watch as you make sounds. Fill small plastic bottle (medicine bottle with child-proof cap) with beans or rice. Let baby shake to make noise.
Make another shaker using bells. Encourage baby to hold one in each hand and shake them both. Watch to see if baby likes one sound better than another. Place baby on tummy with favorite toys or objects around but just slightly out of reach. Encourage baby to reach out for toys and move toward them. Fill empty tissue box with strips of magazine pages. Baby will love pulling them out. (Do not use newsprint; it's toxic. Never use plastic bags or wrap.) Attach favorite toy to side of crib, swing, or cradle chair for baby to reach and grasp. Change toys frequently to give baby new things to see and do.
Place baby in a chair or car seat or prop with pillows. Bounce and play with balloon. Move it slowly up, then down or to the side, so baby can follow movement with eyes. With baby lying on back, place toys within sight but out of reach, or move a toy across baby's visual range. Encourage baby to roll to get toy. Play peekaboo with hands, cloth, or diaper. Put over your face first. Then let baby hide. Pull cloth off if baby can't . Encourage baby to play. Take turns. Place baby in chair or car seat to watch everyday activities. Tell baby what you are doing. Let baby see, hear, and touch common objects. you can give baby attention while getting things done.
Place baby on your knee facing you. Bounce baby to rhythm of nursery rhyme. Sing and rock with the rhythm. Help baby bring hands together to clap to the rhythm. Baby will push to throw toys to the floor. Take a little time t o play this "go and fetch" game. It helps baby to learn to release objects. Give baby a box or pan to practice dropping toys into. Once baby starts rolling or crawling on tummy, play "come and get me." Let baby move, then chase after baby and tickle or hug when you catch baby. Place baby facing you. Baby can watch you change facial expressions (big smile, poking out tongue, widening eyes, raising eyebrows, puffing or blowing). Give baby a turn. Do what baby does.
Ask Dr. Susan