When your baby is at the stage between six and nine months old, he or she will begin to take development to the next level of wondering and discovery. He or she will be more interactive with the world that surrounds him or her, and will respond accordingly. During these months your baby will enjoy more interactive play with you in the development of creativity and imagination.
Interactive Play And Muscle Control At 6 Months
The fun has just started as both fine and gross motor skills continue to develop. Your baby starts to understand the concept of cause and reaction better, and gets lots of laughs from playing interactive games, such as “peek-a-boo”.
This is the age that you can introduce toys with lots of action (movement). Large pieces, such as toys that include a ball that is dropped at the top and spins through the entire pathway before exiting the bottom, can bring hours of fun to your 6 month old. Your baby will love toys with vibrant colors, and will even begin to increase his or her sensory skills of expressing him or herself through role playing toys.
Toys That Encourage Gross Motor Skills And Communication At 7 Months
At 7 months old, this is the stage whereby language starts to begin for your baby. You will notice your baby cooing and starting to form words and associate word sounds to objects. This is a great time to introduce shapes and colors for cognitive development.
As muscles get stronger, your 7 month old will enjoy toys that are made for supportive walking or toys that can be dragged when crawling. Curiosity is also great at this stage of development, so toys with buttons that make lots of sounds or play music when pressed encourage the action/reaction development.
Movement And Communication Are On A New Level At 8 Months
Although your baby may have already begun to scoot and crawl as early as six months, during the eighth month this skills becomes fine-tuned to crawling and scooting in a variety of different directions. This gross motor skill can still be encouraged by assisted walking toys that your baby can push around the home.
You will also notice your baby starts to associate words with objects. This is the time you let them play with toys that come with letter sounds or with an association of a sound to an object. Fine motor skills are developed to the point that your baby can pick up small items, so ensure his or her surroundings are safe.
Gross Motor Skills And Toys To Encourage Strength And Development At 9 Months
This is the month where your baby may begin to take his or her first steps by holding on to the side of the couch or maybe even taking a few steps on his or her own, increasing the range of discovery. As your baby’s fine and gross motor skills continue to develop, simple toys, such as a ball being rolled back and forth from you to your baby can be very entertaining.
Your baby will still enjoy building blocks and objects, with an addition of having more fun knocking it down and rebuilding it again. You will also want to continue the letter and sound recognition toys for language development.