Encourage Baby’s Physical Development – 9 to 12 months

These fun playtime activities from Jamie Loehr and Jen Meyers, authors of “Raising Your Child” will encourage Baby’s physical development.

Get on Her Level
Play with your baby down on the floor. Talk about the toys, colors, and shapes you are playing with. Roll a ball to her and encourage her to roll it back to you.

Let Her Crawl Over You
Lie on the floor and watch as your baby crawls over you. (She’ll do this without any encouragement, and she’ll do it for many years!). Using you as a support, she’ll pull herself up to standing.

Create An Obstacle Course
Make an obstacle course for your baby to move through. She will love climbing though a tunnel made out of boxes and under the chair or behind the couch.

Roll Around
Play with rolling toys such as balls and cars. Your baby will have the stability to sit and push these back and forth, either by herself or with you.

Play peek-a-boo with your baby, using your hands, towels, or blanket

Play pat-a-cake with your baby, alternately clapping your hands and then patting her hands.

By Jamie Loehr, M.D. and Jen Meyers

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