Hide 'n' Eat
All kinds of hide-and-seek games are fun for your baby at this age, as he continues to be thrilled with the discovery that something hidden from him is still there after all. This variation on peekaboo livens up mealtime with the thrill of the chase.
Appropriate for: 7 to 10 months
Skills developed: Fine motor, understanding of object permanence
What you'll need: A clean dish towel, finger foods, and some small opaque cups or containers
Show your baby a snack (anything that's not too wet or mushy), then cover it with a cloth dish towel or napkin. Let him lift the veil and discover that his treat is still there, even though he couldn't see it just a moment ago.
You can also inject a little sleight of hand: Put two small pieces of food in front of your baby, then cover them with opaque cups or other containers, adding at least one extra container that's not covering anything. Swirl the cups around so he can't tell which ones are hiding food, then let him lift off the cups and find his treats.
Once your baby is sitting securely in the tub, she's ready to use bath time for some seriously silly water play. A set of foam blocks lets her indulge her love of stacking and manipulating things.
Appropriate for: 7 to 18 months
Skills developed: Fine motor
What you'll need: A package of sponges or bathtub blocks made of dense plastic foam, scissors (optional)
If you don't have bath blocks, let your baby play with a new kitchen sponge or two instead. You can use scissors to cut the sponges into fun shapes – just keep the pieces large enough that your baby can't choke on them.
Show your baby how to press the blocks or sponges against the sides of the tub, squeeze the water out of them, push them down to the bottom of the tub and let them pop back up again, and stack them on top of each other. Throw your new bath toys against the wall or into the water for a resounding splash.
Note: Never leave a baby unattended in the tub for even an instant. If she isn't steady in a sitting position, don't tempt her with toys that would make her turn, twist, or rock. And watch carefully to keep her from biting off pieces of foam or sponge.
Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if yours isn't quite ready for this week's activities, don't worry – just try them again in a few weeks.
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