45 Things To Do With A 6 Month Old Baby

You’ve got this baby… now what? Babies can be a lot of fun! But… sometimes if you’re stuck at home all day with a baby you can start to get a little bored!

It’s okay! It happens to the best of us! It’s hard to think of activities for 6 month old babies off the top of your head!

When you find yourself running out of ideas for what to do with your baby, here are 45 ideas to spark your imagination and help the two of you connect.

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This is the greatest list!!! 45 things to do with a 6 month old baby

EVERYDAY PLAY – Activities for 6 month old babies that ALL babies love and will enjoy everyday.

  1. Read – A lot of people wait to get started reading books until their child is older, but the best time to start is right away! Board books are made to be chewed on by babies and have bright, contrasting pictures that will catch your baby’s eye. Read slowly, using voices if you like, or just putting a lot of emotion into your words. Let your baby chew the book or bat it around. You only need a small number of books, because your baby will love seeing the same pages over and over again. Dylan’s favorites right now are Longjohns and What Do Sheep Do?
  2. Sing – Later in this list I suggest some specific songs, but here I’m talking about singing as a casual, regular activity that can enrich your lives. Say your baby’s name in a singsong voice. Make up songs to talk about what you’re doing, “Now we go down the stairs, and here we go to the kitchen, do be do wah, it’s breakfast time!” Your songs don’t have to rhyme and they don’t have to have a snazzy tune. Just setting things to a beat and adding the lilt of your voice makes things interesting for your baby and can help lift both of your moods.
  3. Dance – If singing baby songs is starting to bore you, turn on the radio, Pandora, or some of your own music collection instead. Hold your baby in your arms or use a carrier and get dancing. Your baby will love to sway side-to-side, bounce up and down, jiggle, wiggle, and boogie!
  4. Take a Walk – Going for a walk is a guaranteed way to sooth Dylan if he’s cranky or tired. I use a Moby Wrap or Maya Wrap to carry him.
  5. Bubbles – I have never met a baby who didn’t like bubbles. Whether they like to try to catch the bubbles or just sit and watch, all babies love bubbles. Most of the time it’s a really soothing activity, making it perfect for the afternoon or early evening that is often marked by crankiness.
  6. Play in the Grass – If I set Dylan down in the grass, he enjoys himself greatly with no further input from me for awhile. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a baby who didn’t love the grass. Watch out for choking hazards, but otherwise let your baby explore by  feeling and tasting whatever’s available.
  7. Mirror – Looking into a large mirror is an awesome activity with a baby. Dylan loves to play with the baby in the mirror! The motions and expressions catch his eye and hold his interest. Sometimes I take a bathroom mirror off the wall and lean it up on the ground for Dylan to look into, and sometimes I’ll just set him up on the bathroom counter to look into the mirror on the wall.
  8. Bouncing On Your Leg – Baby games don’t have to be complicated. Dylan likes to sit on my lap facing me while I make faces at him. For extra fun you can add a word game. I say, “Ride that horsey into town, watch out baby, don’t fall down!” bouncing him on my leg and then tipping him backwards. He also likes “Smooth road”. I sway him side-to-side and say “A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road.” Then I bounce him gently and say “A bumpy road” four times, then I bounce him a little harder and say, “A rough road” four times. If he’s in a good mood, at the end I guide him to fall off my lap and we land on the floor in giggles.
  9. Fun Objects – Be flexible and creative about what you consider a “toy”. Dylan gets a lot of mileage out of kitchen gadgets. Measuring spoons, a whisk, the potato masher, a wooden spoon – all quality toys!

REGULAR ROUTINES – Things to do with a 6 month old that turn boring stuff into fun favorites!

  1. Bath – Dylan loves baths! I sit with him on my lap, and let the water fill up around us. He enjoys the sound of the rushing water, and he settles into a very peaceful state when the water starts to get higher. Any day now, though, he’s going to truly discover splashing, and then baths will be a whole new kind of fun!

  1. Shower – Showers are great, too, in a different kind of way. Dylan lays down at the end of the shower farthest from the spray. I get to stand in the water and have my own shower while he’s splashing in the water at the other end.
  2. Chores – Involve your baby in your household chores. Dylan likes folding laundry the best. I’ll put one thing away, then drop one thing on his head. Put one thing away, drop one thing on his head. He thinks it’s hilarious. Making the beds is also a big hit when I pretend to lose him in the blankets.
  3. Run Errands – If at all possible, try to think of errands as an opportunity to interact with your baby, rather than a chore to get through quickly. Sing silly songs in the car, take the time to talk to people at the store, point out interesting things, let your baby leisurely look at things. Take it slow, and enjoy your time together. Dylan loves the grocery store and the post office, although he gets weary of Wal-Mart.
  4. Get Dressed – Have a fun time putting your baby’s clothes on. Talk about body parts and give little tickles. Scrunch up the arms and legs of clothes and peek at your baby through them. Make silly sounds. Use this everyday activity as a chance to connect and have fun.
  5. Diaper Changes – If diaper changes seem like an irritating chore, you’re not doing them right! Make diaper changing into a game that you can both look forward to over and over throughout the day. I play “tickle birds” with Dylan on the changing table. I exclaim, “Tickle birds!” and put my hands up high in the air folded like birds’ beaks. When Dylan looks up at my hands, I dive them down to nibble at his neck. We also play, “Where’s Dylan?” where I drop a diaper flat onto his head and act surprised when he pulls it off of his face.
  6. Food – Your child may have started eating some solid food at this point, but food is mostly just for fun at this point. Help your baby try foods with different tastes and textures. Does your baby like sticky stuff or squishy stuff or leafy stuff? What about sweet things or sour things? Dylan’s current favorites are carrots, grapes, and brussels sprouts.

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES – Things to do with 6 month old babies that help their development.

  1. Have A Conversation – It’s so much fun when babies start to babble. When your baby starts “talking”, talk back. With Dylan, I wait for pauses in his babble, and then I babble back at him or say things like, “Tell me more,” “You don’t say,” “Isn’t that interesting,” etc and then wait for him to say something else.
  2. Talk, Talk, Talk – As I’m doing this-or-that around the house or out-and-about, I talk about everything I’m doing. I point to things and name them, ask Dylan questions, and then answer them myself. It can feel kind of dorky when you first start babbling about everything going on, but it’s extremely valuable for your baby who will soak it right up.
  3. Eye Contact – Catch your baby’s eye, then look away, then quickly look back, and smile great big. Or make eye contact, then close your eyes, scrunching your whole face and shoulders up tight, then pop open with a huge surprised look. Or try classic peek-a-boo where you cover your face with your hands, then take your hands away and say “peekaboo!”
  4. One Too Many – Get three small objects that your baby will like, such as three small colorful blocks. Hand one to your baby and then then another one, so that both of your baby’s hands are full. Then try to hand over the third one. Your baby will have to make the decision to drop one in order to take the third. I really like the facial expressions that happen as Dylan is just learning skills like this.

45 things to do with a 6 month old baby

  1. Stacking – Stack blocks or nesting cups. Your baby may not be able to stack anything yet but will like to watch you stack things and then will love knocking your stack down! Talk about what you’re doing: “I’m stacking the blocks. Look, one, two, three. One on top of the others. See, a stack.” Then when your baby knocks them down, laugh, and then start another stack.
  2. Hiding Objects – Take a small object and place it under a cup (or bowl, box, etc). Encourage or help your baby to look under the cup or push it over, and then you can act surprised and talk about the object, “Look! A red block!”
  3. Out of Reach – Take an interesting item and set it down just outside your baby’s reach. After a moment be helpful and hand the toy over if needed, but you may find that your baby soon loves to scoot, crawl, and wiggle around to get things. I also like to sit or lay a few feet away from Dylan playing with a toy myself. Sometimes it will catch his interest and he’ll come crawling over to check it out.
If you read this whole page and need even MORE ideas, Baby Play and Learn will take you through the first three years of your child’s life with 160 great games to play (Amazon affiliate link).

  1. Opposite Everything – Opposites can turn almost anything into a baby game. Do something, then the opposite of it, exaggerating the words and making big faces. Hold your baby up in the air, then down near the ground and say, “High and low”. Squat in front of your baby, make eye contact, then stand up, and repeat, saying “Up and down,” or “Tall and short.” Sit facing your baby and put a blanket over both your heads, then take it off, and say, “In and out.” You get the idea. Opposites are a never-ending source of baby games.

PHYSICAL FUN – 6 month old baby activities that get your whole bodies involved in play.

  1. Fabric Dancing – I like to gather up a bunch of different fabrics – scarves, socks, ribbon, etc – of different lengths, textures, and colors. I’ll play music and move around tossing the fabrics in the air, brushing them past Dylan’s skin, touching his face with the fabric, and letting him touch them. Try it with quick movements or moving super-slow.
  2. So Big – I sit Dylan on my lap and hold his hands and say, “How big is Dylan?” Then I raise our hands over his head and say, “Soooooo big!” I do this two or three times, and then the next time I say, “How big is Dylan?” he raises his hands on his own. So cute!
  3. Armnastics – I lay Dylan on his back and take his hands in my hands. I lift his hands over his head and say, “Your arms are up,” then put his hands down by his hips and say, “Your arms are down,” all with big smiles and exaggerated words. Then I’ll put his arms out wide to his sides and say, “Your arms are out,” then pull them in and say, “Your arms are in.” I’ll swing both of his arms over to one side and then over to the other side and say, “Your arms go side to side.” It sounds more like siiiiiide to siiiiiide, of course. Go slow and giggle and have a good time.
  4. Body Parts – Touch a part of your baby’s body and name it. Say, “Here’s your arm, there’s your elbow, I found your toes!” Show off your body parts, too, “Look at my fingers wiggling!”
  5. Balancing Baby – Use a large ball like a beach ball, birth ball, or yoga ball for this game. Place your baby to sit on top of the ball and hold hands while you gently sway or swirl your baby around. When Dylan is agreeable, I put him on his stomach on the ball – like wave surfing or flying like Superman! Keep a good grip on your baby so the ball doesn’t get away from you.
  6. Funny Faces – Set your baby so that you can be face to face, and make silly faces. Stick out your tongue, move your lips around, raise your eyebrows, wrinkle your nose. Let your baby touch your face and make your features react to the touches.
  7. Give a Massage – Lay your baby down in front of you and give a massage. Make tiny circles with your fingertips, big circles with your flat hand, or roll your baby’s limbs around in your grasp. (Check out the book Baby Massage: The Calming Power of Touch.)

45 things to do with a 6 month old baby

SIGHTS, SOUNDS, SENSORY SMILES – How to entertain a 6 month old with fun new experiences.

  1. Different Voices – Pick a song you like a lot (my favorite these days is Itsy Bitsy Spider) and sing it to your baby repeatedly in lots of different voices. Try a high-pitched squeaky voice, a deep low voice, a scooping drawl, sing it fast, sing it slowly, etc.
  2. Buzzing Bee – Put your thumb, index, and middle fingers together and slowly wave them around in the air making a buzzing sound. Circle your fingers closer and closer to your baby and then have the bee alight on an arms or leg and give a little pinch. If your baby smiles or giggles, keep doing it. Try using both hands for two circling bees.
  3. Flashlight – Sit your baby on your lap in a dark room and shine a flashlight slowly around the room so that your baby can follow the light around. Trace it along the walls, the ceiling, the floor. Flick it off and on slowly. Let your baby touch and play with the flashlight.
  4. Boop – I lay Dylan on his back and circle my finger in towards his face. When I touch his nose, I say, “Boop!” Then I pick up his feet and touch them to his nose, and say, “Boop!” Then I pick up his hand and touch it to his nose, and say, “Boop!” Then I touch his hand to my nose, and say, “Boop!” Then I lean in and touch my nose to his nose, and say, “Boop!” If that was fun, do it again!
  5. Shakers – Find a small container that you can fill. Plastic Easter eggs work, or I use tiny plastic food storage containers. Fill them with a little bit of rice, beans, rocks, bells, buttons, or any other small items you can find so that they make interesting sounds when shaken. Make sure they are securely closed. Shake them with your baby. Play music or sing songs and shake to the beat. Shake them and dance! Try banging them on things, too.
  6. Look at Pictures – Look at pictures in magazines or photos of friends and family. Point out the things that you see. Say, “Where’s Daddy? Do you see him? There he is! Do you see the clouds? These are clouds…”

45 things to do with a 6 month old baby

  1. Creeping – Walk your fingers up your baby’s arm and say, “Creeping, creeping, creeping / Comes the little cat / Meow, meow, meow, meow / Meow, meow, meow, meow / Just like that.” Finish at the nose and tapping it just as you say “that”. Then creep up the other arm!
  2. Textures Crawl – Arrange different textured items on the floor together – use a bathmat, door mat, carpet, shower curtain, etc. Anything that has a different texture and takes up a bit of space. Then crawl around on the items and talk about the textures. “This one is smooth. Do you feel the bumps? Ooh, soft!” And so on.
  3. Playing in the Sink – My kitchen is usually too messy to accommodate a baby up on the counter, but Joshua and I play with Dylan in the bathroom sinks. He likes to pull on the hardware and feel the water on his toes. The baby in the mirror is right there for extra fun, too!
  4. Take Pictures – Don’t forget to take loads of photos of your baby. You may even find out that your baby likes to primp and pose for the camera. Dylan has started trying to eat the camera, which has led to a lot of really close up blurry photos as I try to get in a shot before he drools on it!

Songs – The perfect song is one that excites you so you’ll sing it over and over. What are your favorites?

Check out Baby Genius Favorite Children’s Songs for a DVD/CD combo of – you guessed it – some favorite children’s songs!

  1. Piggie Toes – Sing, “One little, two little, three little piggies, four little five little, six little piggies, seven little, eight little, nine little piggies, ten little piggie toes,” and then back down to one as you wiggle each of your baby’s toes.
  2. The Hokey Pokey – “You put your (right hand) in. You pull your (right hand) out. You put your (right hand) in, And you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey, And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about!” Then do more body parts! Listen to the song here.
  3. The Wheels on the Bus – This is a great song for having your baby help out with the actions. Hold hands, and then have the wheels go round and round, the wipers go swish swish swish, the doors go open and shut, etc. Dylan loves this one! Listen to the song here.
  4. The Itsy Bitsy Spider – Another classic and one of our favorites. “The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout / Down came the rain and washed the spider out / Out came the sun and dried up all the rain / And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.” Listen to the song here.

And One Bonus Idea

  • Do Nothing – Lay down near your baby and be quiet. Not every moment has to be full of motion and sounds. Sometimes Dylan and I will lay side-by-side, looking at the ceiling. Sometimes he will babble softly or will be tracing his hand along my skin. It’s a soft, peaceful moment between us.
For more ideas check out Games to Play with Babies which is full of great ideas for newborns through 12 month olds.
What other things do you like to do with your 6 month old?
Originally published 12/26/2011

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78 thoughts on “45 Things To Do With A 6 Month Old Baby”

  1. I really have to say that you have got to be one of the most creative moms I have seen. Not only do you have a fun farm that you guys have made sustainable to a degree. And all the great ways you have to hang out with the little ones. I know many moms who are always stressed and never seem to have the time but you on the other hand seems to have time for everything. Just got to say, Way to go you are truly a super mom!

    • I appreciate you saying that! Just yesterday I was talking to Joshua about how it seems like everyone else gets so much more done than me. So it’s funny that you say that now, and it’s really interesting how differently things can look from the inside vs the outside.

      • I totally get what you are saying, my sister for example can’t even do the laundry let alone clean up. It is harder these days with both parents working. And Even if both are not working. With all the activities and everything else that goes on like play dates, sports, ect. Anyway, give yourself a pat on the back you are better off than you thought. but we are our own worst critics.

  2. This is a fantastic list. We’re big fans of keeping it simple and just using what’s around you to play with baby rather than buying expensive toys with all the bells and whistles. Thank you for taking the time to write this all down!

    • I’m a grandmother with a new mom who has a 6 month old. I don’t have a lot of toys at my house. So when Judah was here I gave him my plastic measuring spoons which he loves, measuring cups, plastic lids, rubber spatulas are easy to hold and put in your mouth. He will spend time playing with and chewing them. When my sons where little baby’s when I made the bed I’d fling the top sheet high in the air and it would float on top of them them I call their names a and say where is Chris. One of my sons remembered it as an adult and shared it with his fiancee. Walking around and looking at pictures was helpful. These are excellent suggestions. This is an excellent article.

  3. Thank you, I really needed someone to remind me that’s it’s more important to enjoy your baby then to get stuff done!
    Btw, we are doing a better job then we think we are:)

  4. Lovely ideas, i do some of these already but you have given me some more inspiration. Thank you. Off to try some now….

  5. Great list! Sometimes even the most creative moms need an idea. I wouldn’t suggest letting your little one “taste” what he finds in the grass, though. Everything from animal urine to pedticides could be lurking down there and likely are!!

    • I’m not worried about either of those. We don’t regularly play anywhere with pesticides, and don’t mind “natural” yucky things. If he gets into anything particularly nasty (we have livestock!) I wash him up well afterwards. But immersive contact with the natural environment is too valuable to miss out on over that kind of fear.

      • Great list. I think parents these days really don’t let their kids explore enough outside. I understand why, with the pesticides and such, but if it is in a spot you know doesn’t have those, go for it… I will say though, that the animal manure/urine, etc is a little scary… In 2002 at least 82 people got E. Coli from the county fair, mostly children and at least 12 of them suffered kidney failure from it. When I was a kid, my mom was always worried about the possibility of me eating mushrooms out of the yard.. I loved mushrooms and still do, but they can be dangerous if you are not familiar with what kind they are, etc.. So anyways, these are just a couple of things to keep in mind.

        Also when my daughter was in daycare they did this cute little rhyme/song thing. It is great for learning opposites. There are hand/arm gestures that go along with it, they are pretty self explanatory.. It goes like this

        Hands go up
        Hands go down
        Hands go round and round (like wheels on the bus motion)
        Hands go fast (keeping with the round and round motion)
        Hands go slow

    • There are no pesticides on our property, so that’s no worry. And if he eats a little animal urine or manure, what’s the worst that can happen? As gross as it seems, these are relatively safe things to consume in small amounts. I do keep an eye out for particularly unpalatable things, as well as substances that I know to be actually toxic, like solanaceae, poke, and so forth.

      • Given the recent news about kids have better immune systems when they grow up in houses with pets, I am not worried about our little one getting into small amounts of “ick” out in the grass. It seems that the germ hypothesis about allergies and illness – that we’re getting exposed to too LITTLE, not too much – is gathering more and more steam. So a little lawn seems more likely to be a good thing than a bad one.

  6. I love this list! Too often I come across lists of activities for little ones, and their sole purpose is to always be teaching, helping development etc., and there is not as much focus on how the activities are fun! It’s good to remember that doing everyday things, playing simple games, and simply interacting with your baby aids SO greatly in development. I think alot of moms get sucked into “teach your baby to read” programs and stuff like that, and forget that just loving your baby and experiencing the world with them helps them learn too, and helps you bond!

  7. We certainly are like minded! This is a wonderful post. It is filled with very valuable suggestions that are going to support healthy brain development. How fun to see the fabulous things you are doing and are sharing with others!

    You may be surprised to see how many of your ides are similar to the ones in,the brain development activity packets I have created for busy caring parents like you!

    Thanks for making a positive difference!

  8. i am babysitting a six year old and this tips worked really well! i love these ideas and that there is 45 five tips! Dylan must be so fun!

  9. Great list! Public libraries are now using an early literacy initiative that focuses on five activities to get a child ready to read: talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. Looks like you’ve got these in the bag!

  10. Love this list and how interactive you are with your son, we are very like minded 🙂 Wesley’s favourite is the grass too!! I don’t know how many people have tried to put him on a blanket he crawls to he edge and sits in the grass 🙂

  11. This list is fabulous. After I read through it, I gave my baby her very first playtime bath. She had so much fun splashing the water and playing with some foam letters that I had received as a gift wayyyy back in Oct 2012 at my baby shower. It was so much fun! laura | yesiknowihavebreastmilkonmyshirt.com

  12. What a brilliant post, thanks for sharing and I will share with all of my mummy friends too 🙂 I read to my little chap from a few months old, he especially loved the Maisy’s bedtime book. He got very excited about finding Panda in it from about 5 months!

  13. Thank you for these awesome ideas! I have found myself at a loss recently as to what to do with my 6 month old. She always seems bored inside. Maybe playing fun little games with her will help get her through those boring rainy days. What a great mom you must be for making time for your little ones! Thanks again 🙂

  14. Thanks for posting this! My daughter is 5 months and I do many of these already but love the extra ideas! I love to grocery shop and my daughter loves looking around at everything! I find it so relaxing! I’ll softness put her in the front carrier And shop like that!

  15. I love the real-life and honest list (e.g. kitchen counter is usually too messy so use the bathroom sink to play in). And with so many active ways to interact with baby, I especially love the bonus idea – just lay or sit down with baby and do calm nothings (look into each other’s eyes, touch each others fingers and toes, etc.)

  16. I really love this list! I noticed yesterday that my baby hardly smiled at me even one. It helped me realize that I need to spend more time with her, rather than just sticking her on her play mat when she is awake so that I can get stuff done. We’re going to try all of these things!

    Also, I love how you have made boring errands enjoyable for you and the baby. I’m curious how these would work though if you had more than one kid at home. (do you? and if so, how do you do it?)


  17. A great list!
    Come on mums, what else do you do? Can we boost this up to 100 things to do?
    My contribution:
    Sing 2 – I put on a few favourite YouTube vids (green anaconda or any jungle book song) and we sit together and try to jump/ clap / bash things in time with the music
    Stack Em / knock em – I try to build a tower out of what ever blocks I can find, and she tries to knock it over before I run out of blocks… I like making it a game for me too.

  18. Thank you! Thank you so so so much….. ave been looking for tips like dis. Am from Nigeria and most of dis songs and books re rear to find but i ll make do with whatever i can get…..this will really work for Shallom and i. thanks. you are the best !!!!!!

  19. Thank you so much for this list! This gave my wife and I so many new wonderful activities for Ben. She’d thought of several of these prior to reading this, but I’m a bit prideful in admitting that I have three other activities to add that I do as well, tell me what ya think:
    LamborFEETYS: I stand Ben up on the floor (linoleum, wood, table, basically any smooth surface) and, while keeping a firm yet gentle grasp on his midsection, “start up the engine” my lightly bouncing him up and down and then TAKE OFF (adding sound effects where applicable lol).

    HUNGRY-HUNGRY-HIPPO (I’m overweight so I jokingly gave myself said nickname):
    I lay Ben on his back and get his attention by gasping a few times, then I “lunge” downward and start play-nibbling around his ribcage while going Om nom nom nom nom! Its even more fun to fake him out because when I hesitate he still scrunches his face up and starts giggling.

    ANIMAL (my mother-in-law invented this 1):
    Start growling, it catches baby’s attention and eventually it pays off when you get to hear their own cute lil growl.

    FROGGER (my dad gets credit for this one): He picks up Ben by his midsection and goes leaping all over creation, “get creative with your landing surfaces” my dad tells me, he lets Ben land and rebound on just about anything Ben can stand on, from tables to couches even the tops of peoples heads! Lol and anywhere in between.

    I fervently request to create more lists for the older your child gets, it’d be a great read. Thank you so much.

  20. Thanks for these! After traveling a couple weeks as a family (lots of stimulation/new experiences for baby) and being back home I needed some new ideas to jumpstart playtime. I’m especially excited about a couple new music/singing ideas you posted.

  21. This is an awesome list. I will never again claim that I am bored when I’m home with the babe! I may even print this list and hang it up haha. My goal is to keep the TV off all day long and do all of these things. Thank you so much!!

  22. I’m so thankful that I stumbled upon this article! I’m definitely one of those people that has trouble thinking of things to do with my baby, and I constantly worry I’m not doing enough to stimulate him. After reading this and seeing a lot of the activities that I already do every day, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I think I can stop worrying now and just enjoy the playtime we have together. So again, thanks a million for helping to ease this Mama’s mind!

  23. Love this post. I am big into exploring with my son. Another fun thing is filling a ziplock bag with shaving cream. Feels really neat. Just make sure the bag is sealed well :). By the way, you mentioned that you feel you get nothing done. I have days when the house is a wreck, but I was busy raising my son.

  24. It’s a great list. It shows what we need is to spend time with the lil one and not necessary to buy expensive toys
    Loved each of the games goes into my bookmarks for quick reference later 🙂

    Would like to add some of our games

    Sit on a chair or stool with your back straight. Make your baby stand on your feet holding his arm gently but firmly. Now move your leg up and down, away from ground and back to ground. Say champuchi as you do these movements.
    It’s a fun game that you can start once your babies head fixes and back gets straight up till they are two year old. Once they are older you can make them hold your finger instead of you holding them by arm. My grandpa would do this to me and now my mum does it to my son 🙂

    Make an action of crawling of fingers from babies fist to his neck and tickle him in the neck. The more exaggerated and elaborate you make the crawling of fingers more they laugh.

    Show him how to clap with a song thats not too long. He will initially try to get his hands together and then slowly try to clap. Now my sons makes sound as he claps and he just can not stop clapping 🙂

    Sit with your baby in front of you in the position you would keep him when changing diapers. Take his one leg in each of your hand and slowly do cycling movement . Make sure to sing or make some random noise as you do this. I sing a song in my native language which readers may not be able to relate to.

    My lil one bangs his legs a lot when in cradle. So once I am done with massage I press his legs, feet and fingers very gently I can tell for sure he loves it. Again a soothing sound you make while you do this turns it into a game.

  25. This list was very informative for a first time mom like myself! I have my little guy on my lap now, as I print out this list!! Thanks for the useful info ladies!

  26. Great article… It’s nice to know that I do a lot of these already, in my own way but I’m always questioning myself if I’m doing enough. One thing I do have to work on is getting out more with the baby, I just find being at home so comfortable, we have all of his things. But he does need more worldly interactions. Thanks for posting this. Btw my son will be 6 months in a week.

  27. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this! I do a lot of these but it’s given me some great new ideas that I can’t wait to try! My son is 19 & I was a working mom & don’t remember some of the things to do to keep them entertained all day. It makes me feel better to know I’m not the only 1 who feels I get NOTHING accomplished all day as my daughter needs constant attention/interaction from me all day & household chores falls to the way side! 😉 I kept feeling I was doing something wrong.
    Something that works Great for my daughter & I is going outside on the grass, but I put a big sheet down, I put her floor gym on it & lay next to her. It is the quietest 1-2hrs ever lol! I’m even able to just lay next to her & read my book. It’s our daily, late afternoon activity.
    Thanks again for all the great ideas!!

  28. Fantastic post! Sharing these bunch of ideas will give me a variety of to-do list from day to day. It will lead us to more quality time with our babies. I really love bonding with my baby Jacob Carlisle, we spend whole day of weekends. Early mornings of everyday and night time of everyday as well. It’s hard to be a working mom that’s why everytime that I’m with my lil boy I make the most out of it. It’s really priceless. Taking pics also excites both of us. I like the grass activity as well. Fun Fun FUN!

  29. Thanks you for such a great article!! It’s nice being reassured that what I am doing is good for my baby girl, as well as getting some new ideas for playtime! Zoe loves to play with the baby in the mirror too. And her favourite toys are empty water bottles, cardboard boxes, and old magazines. 😉

  30. Thanks for this list! So many things I want to try! We have fun but sometimes I don’t feel creative at all especially on the days I’m extra tired. Some of the best stuff I’ve found with my daughter who just turned 7 months is just making silly faces and silly sounds and pretending to eat her little feet. She thinks my surprised face is hilarious. Question; does it seem like your little one gets tired of games quickly? Some of the things that used to make her laugh the most just don’t anymore.

  31. you’re going to make me cry…not only do I do all of this with my soon to be 6 month old baby but I can picture everything in my head as I’m reading it and I want to tear up lol I started working about a month ago so I don’t have as much time with him like I use to. His favorite songs are the abc’s and the wheels on the bus. He loves to eat vegetables (real vegetables, not gerber) He loves bath time, every time I turn on the water, he looks at me and smiles! We have our little “conversations” where he talks and talks and I say “really? what else?”. I can go on and on about how we do pretty much the same thing we our kids…but like you said, laying down next to each other works too and it’s the best time for me (which I have tons of pictures of us doing that). Time really does fly by and I cant believe he will be 6 months this week already…I stare at him and still can not believe I’m a mom.

  32. I love these ideas! I am definitely going to try these with my daughter. I am always looking for new bonding experiences since she sees me every day she doesn’t get as clingy to me as she does her daddy when he’s home from work. I may sound silly but it makes me jealous when my husband gets a better reaction than I do.

  33. Thank you for sharing! I’m a first time mom, so this is really useful and sounds like a lot of fun. Saved this to favorite!

  34. Thanks so much for this list!!! Really helped me to snap out of the routine and shake things up for my daughter and I. 🙂 Inspired by the ‘Tickle bird’ fingers: baby on the floor – I start wiggling my fingers with hands side by side up in the air above her legs, making a ‘vacuum’ sound. I move my hands lower towards her belly, and then ‘suck her up with the vacuum’ (gee this is hard to explain!!). My suction hands firmly tickle her chest, arms and legs, and even gently pull her a few inches towards me by her feet before letting her go with a satisfied ‘ah’ sound.
    Anyway thanks so much!!

  35. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Reading this was the most amazing confidence booster ever. As a new mommy, I am realizing that we rarely feel like we are doing “enough”. Reading all the ideas you have and knowing I do so many of them helps me feel so confident in my ability to keep my son’s mind, body, and heart happy and healthy! Thank you so much for sharing. You are a wonderful mother.

  36. Thank you for this. A lot of great ideas to try. Do some of them already but onto child number three now and its hard giving them all equal attention. Most of these we could all do together so thank you.

  37. I’m so thankful for finding this page, I could cry! I’ve been struggling with PPD and trying to connect with my son and figure out ways to entertain him yet also teach him things. This list is perfect and has given me so many ideas to incorporate into our days. He is a terrible napper so I am glad to find suggestions for including him in my chores–now I can get a few things done while entertaining him. Bookmarking this page!

  38. This is a lovely and refreshing blog post! I loooooooooooooove the fact that YOU are enjoying yourself as well as the baby! I am also having a blast myself with my little one 🙂 I super congratulate you and I am already looking forward to be more intentional with some activities that we already do, but I actually wasn´t thinking of them as “activities”! By the way, I am from Argentina 😉

  39. Any advice for a 6 month old who wont let me put him down when I have so much to do in the house. He loves walks and outings but I can’t go out alllllll day!

    • Have you tried babywearing? It’s a way to keep busy while keeping your baby with you. I’ve got a few posts here about my babywearing experience and some carrier reviews. To help him grow comfortable playing without you, start with short durations. Literally seconds if that’s all he’s comfortable with. Come back to reconnect *before* he gets upset. You’ll gradually be able to extend the time… but it’s a lifetime process! He’s so new to the world and needs you a LOT right now! When you do have to put him down for a few moments, try staying connected by singing, playing word games, and talking to him.

  40. Thank you for this great article. I’ve got my 6 month old grandson for an entire day tomorrow and was desperate trying to decide what to do all day. Too cold to go outside so stuck inside. Its been so long since i’ve had babies around that your list of ideas reminded me of all the fun things to do. So now i have many ideas to pass the time. Thank you!


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