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The Baby Whisperer - Activities for older babies - 9 June

Activities for older babies - 4 months to 8 months of age

From 4 months to 8 months of age, babies do not need a huge new array of toys but activities set up that encourage their individual discovery of life around us and how things work in and around the house.

We want to focus on creating opportunities for individual play, expressive interaction and plenty of time on the floor where they can move freely.

Types of activities

Floor Play
- encouraging physical development, individual discovery and adult play down at their level.
Interaction - Use lots of expression and 'over-acting' during play time as babies watch and learn from our facial and vocal interaction.
Fine motor skills - Stacking cups, safe kitchen equipment, texture books or fabrics and toys that make a noise as they move them.
Visual stimulation - Photo books, books, mobiles, play gyms and outside play.

The Baby Whisperer's tips:

- Limit the amount of toys that your baby has around them, they do not need a huge amount of choice.
- Be careful not to over-stimulate.
- Play pens are helpful when you have animals or older siblings.

Where to go for further info:

Baby and You - courses run through Plunket and Parents' Centres.
Join the toy library - great way to save money and use toys and equipment you do not need to buy.

Book I recommend: Moving to Learn