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  • Sit with your baby with a large mirror. Make funny faces in the mirror while talking to your baby.

  • Fill a laundry basket with soft items that baby can put in and take out: scarves, plastic cups, paper, soft balls, tubes from paper towels, sponges, etc. 

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  • Babies like to explore! Give your baby some safe objects such as measuring cups and empty boxes.

  • Let your baby put her toys into boxes and take them out again, and put them in again, and take them out again…

  • Continue to play peek-a-boo. Encourage your older baby to “hide” using a napkin or his hands. Let him hide behind a door or furniture and surprise you.

  • Finger plays are fun for your older baby: Itsy, Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus. Or just make up your own finger plays to your favorite tune.

  • Older babies love water play. Fill a shallow container with water. Give your baby some small cups, spoons, sponges. Sit with your baby as she plays. This is a great outdoor activity in warm weather.

Activities You Can Do Today
9 - 18 Months​