Play Time with Your Baby: 4 to 6 months
Your baby is starting to understand the world more and increasingly beginning to enjoy toys more. Toys are a fun way to help your child explore, but you can also play simple games with your baby. These Nurture, Explore & Share tips will help your baby feel comfortable around you. Your baby will enjoy playtime even more when they play with others! Make sure to use reading examples wherever possible – ultimately instilling a lifelong love of learning.
- If you show your baby one toy at a time
- You child will be able to focus and explore without feeling rushed
- If you sing and talk to your baby as much as possible
- Your child will take comfort in the songs and sounds she knows
- If you use daily routines like feeding and bathing as a time to play; add tickles, peek-a-boo or finger plays
- Your child will feel reassured about what to expect at these times
- If you play games like "peek-a-boo" or "Mummy’s coming to get you"
- Your child will learn that you leave but you come back
- If you offer objects with different textures to explore
- Your child will experience and eventually learn to distinguish different textures, e.g., hard, soft, bumpy, etc.
- If you read to your baby at any time expressions
- Your child will enjoy the quiet oneon- one time as you describe the pictures to him
- If you offer your baby soft toys to explore in different positions
- Your baby will explore a toy in different ways