Let's Play! Baby's Kitchen & Squirt the Tummy

Let's Play! Baby's Kitchen & Squirt the Tummy

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Baby's Kitchen

You've probably already noticed that whatever you do, your baby wants to do the same thing. Make a game of this mimicry by giving him a chance to "cook" with dry ingredients – he'll enjoy playing grown-up and delight in playing with his food.

Appropriate for: 7 to 11 months
Skills developed: Fine motor
What you'll need: Measuring cups and spoons, clean empty pot or plastic dishpan, O-shaped cereal

Place a little pile of O-shaped cereal in a pot or pan on the floor next to your baby and let him dig in. You can also put him in his highchair and set the cereal on his highchair tray. Show him how to use measuring spoons or a cup to scoop up the pieces of cereal and dump them out again – he'll have a ball watching your moves, though he may not be able to imitate them.

Keep an eye on your baby because he'll probably like to eat the cereal as much as he'll like to play with it – and eating too much at once might make him choke.

Squirt the Tummy

Reading books about body parts is fun, but why not play a game that teaches your baby to identify her own?

Appropriate for: 7 months to 1 year
Skills developed: Touch, sensory stimulation
What you'll need: A simple, gentle squirt toy

With your baby seated in a warm bath – either in a baby bathtub, on a foam bath pad, or just in the tub watched closely by you – get out a squirt toy and fill it with warm bathwater. (For safety's sake, bring it with you to the tub; never leave a baby unattended to retrieve a toy.)

Let your baby see the squirt toy and watch you fill it so there won't be too much surprise. Ask your baby, "Where's your tummy?" and then point to it with your finger and say, "There's your tummy!" Finally, squirt your baby's tummy gently, saying "I'm squirting your tummy!"

Repeat for arms, legs, back, shoulders, and other body parts (don't squirt your baby near the face – aim below the neck).

If your baby likes the surprise element here, drop the question-and-answer part and simply squirt each body part, saying, "I'm squirting your legs!" "I'm squirting your elbow!" and so on, varying the order so your giggly target never knows which body part will be next.

Note: Never leave a baby unattended in the bath, even for a moment.

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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