Baby playtime pointers for 6- to 9-month-olds

Jan 24, 2012 at 4:29 a.m. ET

By now you know your child’s personality and you’re ready to help foster her sense of humor and fun. Your 6- to 9-month-old comes with plenty of action and intelligence, and there are plenty of games and toys that can foster that sense of wonder. Here are a few tips for playing with your developing child.

9 month old playing with blocks

Physical obstacles

If your child is crawling (and she can do so as early as 6 months), odds are she's crawling all over the house. Set up a baby obstacle course. This is great for developing motor skills, and it's also quite fun for your child. Give your baby pillows to crawl over, boxes to crawl into and more. Keep it safe, but let your child explore and go a little wild.

A routine of wonder

Your child sees you go through your routine day after day. If there's something you do each day that your baby seems curious about, show him the ropes. If you're cooking, let him hold the bowl, bang it on the table and look at it. Show him what you would normally do with it. Soon, he'll be learning and having fun. Plus, talking to your baby as an adult can be a bonding experience. His mind will have to work to keep up, and that's a good thing.

Intense peek-a-boo

You have probably already played a game or two of peek-a-boo with your baby. However, now that your baby is more mobile, you can take the game from room to room. Peek around walls or hide behind the refrigerator door. Your home is your funhouse, and your baby's mind will work overtime to figure out exactly where Mommy is.

Building blocks

Your child can now pick up toys and arrange things in order -- if she chooses. Giving her building blocks will help her motor skills and categorization abilities. Separate the red, yellow, green and blue blocks into different piles and see how your baby reacts to their order. Then, show her how to build her world up, up, up!

Silly noises

By now, your baby is cooing at the sound of your voice. Make some silly noises and see how he reacts! Your child knows your voice and that you would never cause him any harm, so feel free to go wild with your sound choices. Chirp, slurp, caw and giggle. Babies love unique sounds.

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