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How to Play With Your 6-Month Old Baby?

Okay, so just so we’re starting on the same scorecard here, we’re talking play in the strictest sense of the word. Play. Messing about. General fun. Not backyard Ashes cricket. Not play-to-the-death Monopoly. Not winning and losing, nor victory by any means necessary.

The time for Wrestle Mania will come, but let’s face it, any child whose age is referred to in months rather than years is simply not a *credible* opponent. Unless it’s a game of ‘how many skin folds can I get my crap caked into’? And that’s one contest you’re never going to win.

Regular ‘play’ with your newborn is an essential part of learning – for both of you. It helps their brain develop, begins the process of language acquisition, and helps build trust between you and the little eyeball gouger. My Baby Nursery is your one-stop baby product store.

Best of all, you get front row seats as their personality starts to emerge, and you can learn more about them based on what they enjoy and what they don’t quite get on board with. So instead of propping the blob up while you flick on the highlights from last night’s game, get limbered up and give these activities 100%.

How to play with a 6-month-old baby

Time flies when your little one is growing up and achieving milestones every week! Your baby is the centre of attraction at home at this point. She might be waving, gurgling, gabbling, moving her hands and legs, nodding, and smiling. Although it’s a joy to see your baby learning and acquiring new skills, you must be aware of the milestones for her age, and you might be keeping an eye on your baby’s development. 

Playing with her, encouraging her, appreciating her, and connecting with her will help immensely in her brain development. So, remember that your love, touch, attention and time are vital at this stage. Your involvement enhances development, and it revolves around parent-child interaction.

Feel the feels

Sensory play is a brilliant place to start with babies of this age (or even younger!) You can gather up some different textured pieces of fabric and let your baby feel the difference between smooth cotton or plush velvet.

Head to your local Spotlight or raid those garments you were going to put in the rag bag and cut squares from them. Ensure the pieces are large enough not to pose a choking hazard – about the size of a handkerchief would be perfect.

Shake it off

A small screw-top old plastic drink bottle filled with a few dried beans is all you need to start your baby-led band. Make a couple and play together, or encourage your little one to solo shake it like a polaroid picture.

Ensure the bottle is small enough for the baby to grip easily and keep that lid screwed on extra tight. Then shake along to your favourite track and marvel at your baby’s musicality!

Tummy time

Putting your baby on her tummy each day is beneficial to her development, and getting down on the ground with them while they strengthen those tiny muscles is an excellent way to bond and play.

You can move your baby around the room, showing them different things, putting them on extra blankets or playing with other toys, or simply chat away with her as she gets her tummy on. Simple but important!

Play ball!

Rolling a ball back and forth from you to your bub is not only lots of fun, but it also develops your child’s hand-eye coordination and teaches her more about how to use her body and nurtures her social skills.

Ensure the ball you choose is at least 6cm in diameter to keep things safe and sound. Small balls can get lodged in a baby’s windpipe and are a severe choking hazard.

Peek-a-Boo

It’s an oldie, but a goodie and games like this don’t become classics for anything! Peek-a-Boo is a simple game that has delighted babies and their parents for generations. You can hide your face behind your hands and then reveal yourself, saying “peekaboo!” or you could hide a toy underneath a clean tea towel or similar and show that to mix things up.

Get moving

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Babies love movement, so grab your little one and get going. Shoulder rides up, and down the hallway, aeroplane rides across the living room, surprise raspberries on the tummy, wriggling through giant cardboard boxes or sit-ups on mum or dad’s lap. The more moves, the better as far as babies are concerned!

Smell and tell!

Encourage your baby’s awareness of smell by sniffing your way through the refrigerator! Line up a few different foods and take turns having a prominent smell of each. Talk to your baby about each fragrance and you can even have a bold taste of some snacks or sauces. (Because why the heck not?!)

Tell me a story

While babies may not be in it for the long haul of stories, they definitely love reading to and benefit hugely from sharing books with their favourite people. Board books are a great place to start because babies of this age want to grab everything and steer it towards their mouth.

Join your local library for the twin benefit of being able to borrow lots of baby-friends books and meet other babies (and their parents!)

Blow bubbles

Babies can’t quite believe how amazing bubbles are. A parent blowing bubbles is entirely magical, as far as little peeps are concerned. Head outside to blow bubbles in the garden or clear obstacles and get set up on the lounge room or kitchen floor. Be careful not to blow bubbles into your baby’s face, as the soapy mixture can sting little eyes.

Clapping games

First experiences of music, numeracy and language can be bundled up into simple clapping games where you might count your claps, recite a rhyme or sing a song between bangs.

Can I kick it?

Lie your baby on her back and encourage her to kick her little legs and exercise those muscles. You can float a piece of fabric (a tea towel will do) at her feet and let her kick against it, or you can grab her ankles and help her ‘cycle’ her legs like a mini Tour de France pro.

These ideas are all good for parent-child bonding and your little one’s physical development. And they’re also fun.

Taste a toy

As we said, everything goes into the mouth at this age, so why not line up an array of baby-safe toys and let your baby work her way through them. This is especially great for teething babies; this activity can spark chatter about different colours and textures.

Hide and seek

Grab some empty cardboard boxes, pop them upturned on the kitchen floor and hide one of your baby’s favourite toys underneath one. Help your baby find the toy – teaching her out of sight is not always out of mind – and repeat by switching boxes or adding more toys. 

Get glittery

A spoonful or two of glitter in a clean plastic bottle, topped up with water, makes a brilliant toy to roll around, shake up and play with. Make a few in different colours to extend the play possibilities and glittery magic. Be sure to seal these properly and spoon the glitter in over the sink to minimise sparkly mess!

Dance off

Your baby in her high chair. You’re at the kitchen table—your favourite track on the stereo. Alternatively, head to the lounge room and carry your baby as you dip, turn, wriggle and bump your way through a playlist. A brilliant way to bond, burn off energy and encourage a LOT of giggling.

House tour

Show your baby around the house, pointing out interesting features and favourite things. This not only builds on her language skills, but it can also be a brilliant settling-down ritual that you can use when your child is feeling a bit overwhelmed or fractious.

Water play

Water play provides lots of opportunities to explore, learn and have fun. Try a tub of warm water on a towel on the kitchen floor with some plastic dishes and plastic cutlery thrown in for your baby to play with.

Remember you must always supervise children around water, no matter how ‘safe’ things may seem. Sit beside your baby and take turns filling up the dishes, pouring the water out, splashing and stirring.

Laundry time

Babies love being involved in whatever parents are doing, which makes sorting and folding the laundry the perfect activity to do with babies. They can enjoy the feel and colours of the clean washing, and you can get on with that boringly recurring task with a trusty little side-kick, chatting to them about the colours, prints, textures and people who belong to the garments.

Dress ups

A bunch of hats can spark a brilliant game if you try them on together. This kind of dress-up play encourages all sorts of early efforts at ‘let’s pretend and provides opportunities to extend the language, social skills and motor skills.

Nature walks

Take your baby outside and begin to teach her about the natural world. There are plants to smell, birds to say hello to, bugs to look closely at, and all kinds of colours and textures to spot. Being outdoors can also help babies feel more settled and give parents a much-needed dose of fresh air too!

Developmental Activities for a 6-Month-Old Baby

What to Expect From Your 6-Month-Old Baby

Six-month-old babies are interested in everything around them. Every little thing is exciting to them, and it leads them to learn something new every day. You can see them starting to chew on objects, take objects and handle them in their way, roll over and sit up without anyone’s support. At this stage, your baby will have developed motor skills such as:

  • Rolling on her back
  • Sliding back and forth using her tummy
  • Rising on her knees and rocking back and forth

Your baby is ready to explore movement-related activities and interactive activities at this stage. Aside from this, your baby’s eye colour is now developed, and her speech patterns are developing. Babies at six months begin to grasp the languages they hear. Check out My Baby Nursery for all your baby product needs.

All of the activities that your growing baby will love at this stage will help in stimulating her physical development, social skill development, and mental and emotional development. Your baby will enjoy experiencing different sensations, which will impact her overall development.

In short, your baby is observing, imitating and having fun, but also acquiring new skills. At this stage, your baby will be on an exploring spree.

Learning Activities for a 6-Month-Old Baby

Your baby will be crawling and walking around to explore the environment around her, so it’s essential to play with her and introduce her to various interactive activities to enhance her physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Get creative with your baby during playtime – here are some six-month-old baby activities that will help your infant boost her overall growth.

Reading

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It’s a great time to start reading books to your baby! Go for colourful picture books and books with tactile components to keep her engaged.

How to Do This Activity

Ensure that you read slowly, adding gestures and emotions. Encourage your baby to laugh or act surprised to make it more interactive. It’s good to choose books that are short, colourful, and have pictures. As babies tend to chew on books, hardcover books are specially designed to remain intact and do not tear.

Skills Developed

Six-month-old babies are taking tiny steps toward speech development. Your little one is grasping languages as she gets to hear them – reading helps develop this skill further. Reading helps with vocabulary, listening, and sensory development. The bright colours allow your baby to perceive pictures. Pictures with tactile components help in the development of sight and touch.

Clapping

Clapping is something your baby will often do. Clapping is fun, so encourage her to clap by clapping with her.

How to Do This Activity

When babies are around six months of age, they learn to clap. Clapping gives them immense joy, as it produces sound. You can show your baby how to clap and make her clap. Take your baby’s hands in yours and teach her slowly. Clapping can be made more interesting by using rhymes or songs your baby likes moving to.

You can try:

Clap, Clap, clap, one, two, three,

Clap, clap, clap with papa and me!

Clap, clap, clap, four and five,

Clap, clap, clap as brother learns to dive!

Skills Developed

Clapping introduces babies to sounds, and adding music to the game presents them to the world of rhymes.

Talking

Babies love to babble, and they find it thrilling when you respond. So, talk and listen to your baby.

How to Do This Activity

Strike a conversation with your baby. When your baby babbles, respond to her with a smile. Point to your baby’s clothes and describe them. Explain to your baby what you are feeding her or what she’s surrounded by. Babies love this, as it encourages them to talk.

Skills Developed

Talking helps enhance a baby’s language and listening skills.

Singing

Singing a lullaby has been a practice for ages. Sing to your baby and introduce her to the world of music.

How to Do This Activity

Make up any song and sing it to your baby as a lullaby. You need not only do this at night; sing to her while bathing her or feeding her. You can make a song out of the activity you are doing as well. For example, when you’re changing her, you can sing, “Now, I’m going to change your clothes”.

Change your voice to make it animated. Try different options so that the baby learns auditory discrimination.

Skills Developed

Singing and using different sounds enhances a baby’s sensory appeal and introduces auditory discrimination.

‘Peekaboo’

‘Peekaboo’ is a fun game that makes babies laugh and light up with joy on seeing the parent’s face suddenly pops up.

How to Do This Activity

This activity can have variations. The most popular ones are as follows:

  • Covering Your Face: Cover your face with your hands or a cloth and hide from your baby. After a while, drop the fabric or put your hands away and say, “peek-a-boo!” Your baby will try to pull your hands away from your face after watching you a few times and squeal with laughter.
  • Hide Behind a Chair or a Sofa: You can also hide behind a chair, the sofa, or a curtain and suddenly reappear by saying, “peek-a-boo”.
  • You can improvise using other objects as well. Hide a book, a toy, or any other thing under a blanket and make it partially visible. Then, ask the baby to find this item: “Where is it? Come find it!” As the baby masters this skill, you can graduate to hiding this something together and encouraging her to find it.

Skills Developed

This activity helps in the baby’s fine motor skill development. It also teaches the baby object permanence – a concept that objects or people exist even when you can’t see them. This activity helps develop this cognitive concept in babies.

Flying

Babies love being cuddled, moved around, and played with. Lifting your baby and making her fly is an excellent activity.

How to Do This Activity

Put your baby down on your lap, on her belly. Hold the baby with both your hands. Make sure you support the mid-section carefully. Lift your baby gently and move her up and down and back and forth, just like a bird or an aeroplane. Your baby will squeal with laughter, owing to the surprise factor of moving around in various directions.

Skills Developed

Babies look around with a renewed perspective. It helps with body movement and stimulation.

Follow the Leader

Babies love imitating people they adore, and your baby would love to emulate you!

How to Do This Activity

Start with an activity your baby can copy easily – waving the hand up and down, clapping, closing your eyes, and opening your eyes. Encourage your baby to watch and imitate you. You can add more actions and protect your baby’s reactions to them.

Skills Developed

This activity helps develop memory power and helps the baby understand how imitation works.

Kicking

As your baby grows, her playtime will increase, and she will enjoy physical activities more and more. So, it’s a good idea to integrate the baby’s physical and sensory development through a fun activity.

How to Do This Activity

Take some pieces of colourful cloth. Tuck them under the sofa in such a way that the cloth pieces hang down like a curtain. Put the baby on her back, with her feet against the cloth pieces. The baby will start kicking the cloth with her feet. To make the game a little more challenging, move her a little further from the cloth pieces.

Skills Developed

Your baby will learn sensory integration, chin tucking, body awareness, and the cause-and-effect phenomenon.

Sit-Ups

Muscle strengthening is essential for your growing baby. Baby sit-ups can help your baby tone her muscles.

How to Do This Activity

If your baby’s head control is reasonable, you can lay her on her back. Place your hands under her, and slowly guide her to come up in a sitting position. As the baby uses her muscles to come up, you can hold her hands and make her do sit-ups.

Skills Developed

This activity enhances your baby’s motor skills and head control.

Bouncing on the Leg

Moving back and forth is thrilling for babies. They love the movement, especially when they are on their mother’s lap.

How to Do This Activity

Make your baby sit on your lap, facing you. Bounce your baby up and down. You can sing to her as you play with her. Make her go up and down at varied paces – it will make her laugh and giggle and even ask for more.

Skills Developed

This game helps in body movement.

Blow Bubbles

Babies at six months can see far enough to focus on bubbles, and those shiny soap bubbles can prove to be quite entertaining for them.

How to Do This Activity

You can go for store-bought bubble liquid. Simply blow the bubbles around your baby and watch her become enchanted with all the translucent spheres around her.

Skills Developed

Blowing bubbles can help develop your child’s vision and concentration. Online baby product directory at My Baby Nursery.

Conclusion

There are various sensory activities for 6-month-old babies that you can try to boost the development of your little one. Playtime can be fun and effective by introducing babies to activities that act as catalysts in their holistic development as they crawl and walk into celebrating their first birthday.

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