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Low-prep playtime ideas: 6-months

Knowing a variety of low-prep playtime ideas can bring more laughter and more learning. Playing with a 6-month-old child can be rewarding. Lots of smiles and giggles await for caregivers who learn what a 6-month-old baby enjoys. 

The following are a few well-chosen stimulating playtime activities for a 6-month-old baby that require little preparation.

Remember your baby is getting better at handling stimulation, but you should still watch for signs of over stimulation, such as loosing eye contact, whining, and batting things away with his hands.

Social/Emotional

Always look your baby directly in the eye when using these low-prep playtime ideas. Studies have shown that this assists language development, and it can also help with discipline as your child becomes older.

Support your baby emotionally when encountering strangers or new surroundings. Allow him to warm up slowly if he is experiencing stranger anxiety. This encourages your baby to develop a happy and trusting view of the world

Physical

When using these low-prep playtime ideas, offer a variety of toys such as blocks, rattles, stacking toys, and books, so your baby can practice developing her fine motor skills with his hands.

Reading to children from the beginning is both play and a way to encourage language. There are great resources at Reach Out and Read.

Your baby most likely wants to put everything in his mouth. Provide plenty of safe, easy to clean toys.

Now that he is becoming more confident at grasping objects his hand-eye coordination will also improve. He will now be able to hold a toy and take a good long look at it by twisting and turning it in his hand.

baby boy wearing a hat and reaching for soap bubbles

Great low-prep playtime ideas include bubbles.

Provide a variety of toys that are easily held in his small hands.

Babies love bubbles. By reaching for bubbles that you blow, he will improve his hand-eye coordination as he reaches out to pop them. 

At this age, babies also enjoy pop up toys. These toys also help develop strength and coordination in his arms. 

Place interesting toys just out of reach to encourage your baby to move towards them. You can do this when your baby is sitting or on his tummy.

 

Thinking

Provide toys that make sounds when moved or squeezed as your baby is learning about cause and effect when using these low-prep playtime ideas at this age.

As your baby begins to be confident at sitting he will want to grab at interesting objects. Make sure there are a few books and toys within easy reach so he can investigate.

News Alert

The Turtles are Bad!

That is the pet turtles spreading Salmonella. Several states have reported outbreaks of Salmonella associated with the little creatures that children love to have as “pets.” Infections with Salmonella may cause severe diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping and just plain feeling sick. If you have a turtle or other pet reptiles and symptoms of Salmonella infection occur, seek medical help. And, perhaps consider a pet other than a turtle!

For more information on the risks of Salmonella passed along by turtles or other pet reptiles please visit the following link to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

Dietary Supplements and Concerns for Children

Many people use dietary supplements for a variety of reasons. However, there are concerns affecting children that should be noted. A recent study reported in the Journal of Toxicology stated that calls to poison control centers about dietary supplements had increased by 50% from 2005 to 2012 and that 70% of those calls involved children under age six. More than 90% of those were unintentional.

So, if there are dietary supplements in use in your home, make sure young children cant get to them! This is one supplement to their diet they do not need!

Protecting Against Severe Allergic Reactions

With warmer weather, many varieties of stinging and biting critters are around that could cause significant harm to children who are allergic to them. If you do not have an EpiPen(epinephrine injection) or know how to use it, obtain a prescription for one and proper advice on its use from your child’s health care provider. There has been some controversy over the rising costs of EpiPen. Recently a generic EpiPen was introduced to the market which reduced the costs for prescriptions, but you should speak with your health care provider to find the best option.
Remember this is just another way to be prepared to protect the health of those you love!

“Sharenting” When is it too much information?

Many parents like to share information about their children on social media. Proud parents can often share too much information about their children, commonly known as “Sharenting”.
It is wise to consider that no information shared is completely safe from online predators or eyes that may not be kind. For information about what to consider sharing about children on social media, go to “healthychildren.org” for advice.

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