Infant Development between the age of 3 and 6 months means baby is growing and developing at a very fast rate. During this small window you will see your little person go from a blank slate to a big bold personality. This fun-filled, action-packed time in baby’s life can be exhausting for parents but by filling their day with activities that engage them, you will find that an engaged baby is a happy baby.
Wake Up All of The Senses
Between the ages of 3 and 6 months baby is developing in a number of ways. In addition to physical growth, babies sensory systems are also growing at a tremendous rate. Their sense of sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste become much more mature during these few months. By giving each of their senses a whirl they will begin to more fully develop their sensory system. So when you choose toys, games and activities, head towards those that engage more than just one sense at a time. This can be as simple as playing music while baby eats or offering a colorful toy that is also textured or plays music.
Let Baby Loose
While offering baby plenty of ways to engage with developmentally appropriate toys and gadgets, don’t forget that babies love to wiggle and squirm freely. Throw a blanket on the floor (or not) and let baby loose. Lie on the floor and watch as she rolls, twirls and giggles. Having that freedom of movement is an excellent way for baby to explore her environment and start moving on her own.
Home Baby Gym
Another great way to entice baby’s growth is by setting up a baby gym. There are a number of great gyms on the market that require baby to reach, grab and pull their way to fun. This helps their gross and fine motor skills and encourages excellent muscle development. Gyms that encourage baby to use both their hands and their feet are best.
Encourage Baby to Sit
Most babies begin to sit on their own between 4 and 7 months. By encouraging baby to spend more of their time sitting, they will be working different muscle systems while also spending less time on their back (which can lead to flat head syndrome). You can use one of the many supportive pillows or C-shaped cushions on the market to offer baby more support when sitting. This allows baby to practice making minor muscle adjustments, which activates muscles in the trunk. The pillow helps baby make these movements without falling.
One of the best activities you can do with your baby is to get outside. Take a walk, go for a trip in the car or spend some time out in the yard. The outdoors is a great way for baby to use a host of his senses while also offering a change of scenery. It has also been proven that fresh air and sunlight can do wonders for a baby who is having trouble sleeping.
These are just five of the many ways you can keep baby busy. By offering activities that stimulate baby’s mind and body you can help them safely develop and grow.