Games for babies from 7 to 9 months
From seven months on, the baby is much more aware of what happens around him and interacts well with stimuli. His hands are able to hold objects more firmly, his vision is much better, his balance is getting sharper and he is awake for a little longer than in the initial months.
At this stage, it is possible that your baby feels alone and without support. Some must be crawling, and others risk getting up holding on to the furniture or even you. Of course, this is unique to each baby. If your baby still doesn’t do any of this, before you worry, talk to your pediatrician.
With a certain autonomy, he will want to explore any corner of the house that he can reach, so your precautions now extend to everything that presents him with risk. Hanging wires, unprotected sockets, sharp objects, cleaning products and medicines are some of the things that need to be kept out of his reach.
It is important to keep in mind some factors when playing with babies at this age:
– They get tired of an easy game, so it shouldn’t last longer than five minutes
– They learn by repetition. If at first this does not correspond to the game or the stimulus, so do it again on another occasion.
– Whenever he is able do it, celebrate and show that you are happy.
After you know a little about your baby, keep reading and discover some games you can play together to help the baby develop and have fun together, as well.
This game can be adapted as the baby grows, with new toys or stimuli. The idea is that he has more autonomy choosing toys in a bucket or box.
The box needs to be safe, preventing him from getting hurt. Give preference to softer materials. There are some available in home goods stores. You can also make your own at home, decorating a small cardboard with gift paper, contact paper, EVA or fabric.
In addition to toys, place materials of different sizes, colors and textures. Beware of items with small pieces that come off, toxic paints or that break easily.
The baby will spend some time searching for the objects inside the box. Sit down with him and explore together. Show the effect of action and reaction, shake, squeeze, run your hand over the textures and call attention to the differences.
After a while, exchange the objects or have two boxes, so that he can have new sensations and a new interest in the box.
Action and reaction toys
When the baby presses a button or pulls a lever, for example, the toy plays a song, turns on a light or something. It is the effect of action and reaction, which he loves.
To encourage you to discover and learn, show what happens. He will probably want to imitate your gesture. Also teach the name or colors.
Hidden Objects Games
Hide a toy or object under a pillow, blanket or cloth. At first, show the baby where it is. Then, hide it again and ask, “Where is it?” Encourage him to find the object.
If the baby is already crawling or is able to get from place to place with support, hide the object in a nearby place and ask him to look for it. So that he doesn’t lose interest immediately, show him where it is and then hide it again.
Your baby still doesn’t have enough strength or coordination to kick or throw a ball too far. However, with a lighter ball, sit in front of him, and ask him to throw it back at you.
Through repetition, he will notice that the ball moves, and you can catch it. Always praise and celebrate when he does.
Changing the hand toy
This game has two versions. The first is to get the baby to pass the toy from one hand to the other. Do it first and encourage him to repeat. To make it easier, choose toys that are light and easy to hold.
Making sound with objects
Sometimes the baby imitates your gestures. At other times, he explores and succeeds. Whatever the occasion, to make sound play with objects, which stimulates the baby’s attention and hearing, hand over two objects and let him realize that when he hits the other object, he produces a sound.
It is interesting to use objects that produce varied sounds. When one hits, the baby learns to notice the difference. You can also adapt the play with toy instruments like drums, for example.
Stacking or fitting objects
There are several options in toy stores, with different colors, sizes and shapes. However, you can improvise at home with plastic pots and balls, among others.