Play Time with Your Baby: 7 to 9 months

Provide your child with opportunities to interact with new children as play partners they might get a little anxious if you leave, stay closeby to allow your child to develop a sense of security and play freely with other children. Continue to play with your baby and use these Nurture, Explore & Share tips to help build a healthy relationship. Your baby will be most comfortable playing with you but encourage them to play with other babies or adults!

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Nurture

  • If you play one-to-one games like showing baby his eyes, nose and mouth in a mirror
  • Your child will show his feelings by making faces and body movements
  • If you use a soothing voice and a hug and explain how to take turns if your baby gets upset playing with others
  • Your child will be reassured that you are there to help with his emotions when others are around
  • If you holding your baby’s hands, go for a walk
  • Your child will gain confidence in her legs and know she is safe trying something new because you’re right there
  • If you play, and invite others to play, peek-a-boo with your baby
  • Your baby will understand that you and others are still there even when you can’t be seen
  • If you follow your baby’s lead instead of always deciding what game to play
  • Your baby will try to communicate using sounds or gestures

Explore

  • If you play a game in which you and your baby copy each other’s simple actions like clapping, shaking a toy, or blowing a kiss
  • Your child will learn that she can make an adult follow her lead
  • If you make time for your baby to be and play with other babies
  • Your child will try to communicate to them using sounds or gestures
  • If you create noise makers using plastic bottles that your baby can grasp and shake
  • Your child will explore interesting sounds as he learns that his actions cause things to happen

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