All sorts of physical developments are paving the way to play for your 4- to 6-month-old, from sitting up to reaching with one hand to following moving objects with his eyes. Here’s how to get your baby playing and keep him happily stimulated.
Keep it simple
With young babies, simple’s almost always better. Keep your baby’s toys tucked away, pulling out one or two at a time for him to play with. The fewer toys he’s faced with at any given time, the less likely it is that his senses will be overloaded.
Stimulate his senses
Your baby’s first toys don’t have to be fancy or expensive — they just need to capture his interest. And if you’ve ever watched a baby or little kid show more interest in a toy’s box or wrapping paper than the toy itself, you know exactly what we mean.
Try giving him items with a variety of textures, patterns, colors, shapes, or sounds, like a big red bouncy ball, a fuzzy plush toy, and a noisy rattle. Just make sure whatever toys you choose are unbreakable, lightweight, and large enough so he can’t swallow them.
Interact — a lot
The more you communicate and interact with your baby, the more she’ll learn and
the happier she’ll be. Here are some activity ideas that’ll have you giggling and playing together: