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Having fun indoors with your baby

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There are loads of ways you can have fun with your baby at home. Once they turn 6 months, playing is helping them get ready for crawling and standing, and the exploring never stops. We’ve got a bucket-load of ideas on what to play indoors with your baby that can let both of you have some fun, bring you even closer and it even helps your wee one's development!

What the parents say

Tip #1: Boo!

Playing games like ‘peekaboo’ can be a real treat for your baby. Hiding behind a cushion or even your hands and then reappearing with a ‘peekaboo’ always makes them laugh and smile. It’s a lovely game that can also help to teach them that if you go away for a second, you’ll always come back.

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Tip #2: This little piggy

Games like ‘this little piggy’ are fun ways for you to share some lovely moments together. Don’t forget the big tickle at the end!

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Tip #3: Reaching tips

When your little one is just learning how to stand up, help them practice by getting them to reach for toys on your sofa.

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Tip #4: Passing games

photo of baby with ball

photo of baby with ball

Once your little one is sitting up happily, you may want to start playing some ball games. Passing a soft ball to each other is a good way to start. Sit close together to begin with, and as your baby finds it easier to do, you can start moving further apart.

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Tip #5: Bath beards

Making bubble beards at bath-time is a great way to keep your baby laughing while you wash their hair. Try making bubble beards on each other to see who can look the silliest.

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What the professionals say

“Playing with your baby doesn’t need to take a lot of time or be expensive. There will be plenty of things around the house that you can use to entertain them. Just looking at pictures in books or magazines, singing songs or reading nursery rhymes together can be wonderful fun for both of you. The most important thing is to get down to their level, get your babies attention and have fun together. Your baby will learn more from you than they will from any toy.”

Cathy Macdonald, Family Nurse, NHS Tayside Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)

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Last updated: 26 Jun, 2020