Wednesday, September 6, 2017

10 Activities for 6 Month Olds





My littlest one just turned 6 months old. She has been having difficulty with her reflux again and weight, it's been exhausting. I am not sure who has cried more me or her.

We found out that she is hypersensitive. Her clothing and detergent will have to be hypo allergenic as well as other products we use with her. I would appreciate if all of her would be working all at once, but I am grateful it's not worse than it is.

Anyways lately I have noticed she is interested in doing more activities, which made me realize she is ready for some activities other than tummy time. Her increased awareness excites me, as well as hurts me while breastfeeding.

I try to tell her that it is not detachable but she still insists on craning her neck while eating. She's such a nosey Nelly. So I put together some activities to do. I will list them first and then go into more detail of why they are good activities and what they help with developmentally.

Activities

1. Reading
2. Talking and Singing
3. Smell the World
4. Bubbles!
5. Tickle Monster
6. This Little Piggy
7. Water Play
8. Mirrors!
9. Exersaucer
10. Small Toys

Reading



Reading is so great for your little one, it increases your bond, builds listening skills, helps with social-emotional skills, literacy, language development, boost brain activity, and also can lead to a little lover of reading. Grab some board books with colorful pictures and different textures. All things this age will enjoy. 


Talking and Singing

Talking and singing are beneficial to your child in a lot of the same ways that reading aloud to your child is. Most notably is the help it has with speech development and recognition. It encourages them to make sounds and teaches them cause and effect when you have a "conversation" with them. Babies learn to talk by duplicating sounds so the importance of this is enjoyable and essential.


Smell the World

This is enjoyable for younger babies as well as 6-month-olds. Open your spice cabinet and have them sniff some of the exotic scents that come from around the world. You can try cinnamon, vanilla, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, and basil. Just to name a few. Rub or put some on your hand and put it up to baby's nose, just make sure she doesn't get it into her mouth or eyes. If she seems to enjoy it, keep trying other scents! 


Bubbles!



Everyone loves bubbles! This is a great activity if you have more than one child, you can let your older one blow the bubbles and your younger one will enjoy watching. This help baby with eye development and hand eye coordination. They also are using their new sense of depth perception! 


Tickle Monster



At 6 months baby has a sense of anticipation. They are already laughing before you get to their tummy's what a wonderful treat for mama and baby alike! You can try hovering over her with your hands tickling the air as you say tickle... tickle... TICKLE MONSTER! You both will be giggling in delight.


This Little Piggy



This little piggy is a wonderful game that has anticipation, sensory awareness, and cause and effect. If you are not sure how to do this I will tell you. Touch, or wiggle his big toe while you chant the first line, This little piggy went to the market. Move to his second toe for the second line, this little piggy stayed home. The third toe for the third line, this little piggy had roast beef. The fourth toe for the fourth line, this little piggy had none. When you chant the very last line, and this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home. On the ("wee, wee, wee"), give him a little tickle, or cover him in silly kisses. Repeat the whole process with the other foot.



Water Play



Use different cups and blocks to pour and splash in the water. You can set up a tub or bucket so it's not so messy, but you will probably get wet anyway. 


Mirrors!



This age loves to look at mirrors because they do not yet realize that is them looking back at them. This is called the theory of mind. So that happy baby is smiling at them and paying attention just to them! This helps with social emotional skills and facial recognition.


Exersaucer

At this age, they are starting to put weight on their legs and might bounce. So this is a perfect time to get an exersaucer for her to enjoy, I have this one for my little one from Amazon. http://amzn.to/2wIgS4o


Small Toys 



At this age, they enjoy picking up and exploring things. So handing your child a small toy (that isn't a choking hazard) is fascinating to them. You can take a whole bunch of toys and put them on their high chair tray while you are cooking. Or you can give them toys to play with in their boppy while you blog. This helps with hand eye coordination, encourages curiosity, and teaches cause and effect. 



Resources

Center for Disease Control. (2016, August 15). Important Milestones: Your Baby By Six Months. Retrieved September 6, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-6mo.html
American Optometric Association. (n.d.). Infant Vision: Birth to 24 Months of Age. Retrieved September 6, 2017, from https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/childrens-vision/infant-vision-birth-to-24-months-of-age
Huang, S. (2014, June 24). AAP Recommends Reading Aloud to Kids Every Day, Starting at Birth. Retrieved September 6, 2017, from http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/06/24/news/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-releases-new-policy-on-reading-to-kids-during-infancy/
Baby Center. (n.d.). Retrieved September 6, 2017, from BabyCenter.com


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