Play tips 6-12 months
Your baby is born ready to learn. His learning happens through play. Play stimulates his brain and helps him start making sense of the world. Play also helps your baby build confidence, feel loved and develop communication, social and physical skills.
Here are some fun play ideas for you and your baby at this age:
- Sing songs, play peekaboo, ring bells, hide toys and make funny sounds or animal noises together. At this age, your baby especially enjoys social play and loves copying what you do.
- Read together: reading, talking about the pictures in a book and telling stories develop your baby’s language and imagination. Make reading an everyday routine.
- Spend time outdoors: your baby will love being out and about with you – there’s so much to see and do! Explore the sights, smells, sounds and textures that outdoor play offers.
- Encourage moving: this helps your baby develop posture and build muscle strength. You can encourage reaching by placing toys just out of your baby’s reach. Crawling and moving are fun for baby when you make tunnels out of chairs or cardboard boxes.
Things to remember
- Responding to your baby’s needs in a warm, gentle and loving way helps his physical growth and brain development.
- Picking your baby up, cuddling her and talking to her in a soothing voice all help her feel secure and loved.
- At this age, the best toy for your baby is you.
- Talk to your baby about the everyday things you’re doing. This helps him understand what words mean. Listening and responding to his babbling builds his language, communication and literacy skills.