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The first time a baby hears his own voice is a moment to remember. He may not even realize it's his for a while, and watching him figure it out is a lot of fun. This activity is a winner anytime, but it's easiest in the quiet hour before bed.
Appropriate for: 5 months to 3 years
Skills developed: Auditory, verbal
What you'll need: A recording device
Any device such as an old-fashioned tape recorder or the digital voice recorder on your phone will work for this activity. Set up the recording device near your baby and then encourage him to start babbling: Show him a picture book, tickle his feet, turn on his mobile (you'll want to choose something that allows you to be quiet, because it's most fun if the recording doesn't have a lot of sound other than his voice).
Once you have a good sample of your baby's vocal range (and this may take more than one sitting), play it back for him. To his quizzical expression, reply, "Yes, that's you!" and play the key moments over the next few months until the revelation hits. Save the tape or audio file, as it will be a great memento to add to your photos and videos.
Here's a game that gives you some fun together-time with your baby while teaching her about the joy of movement.
Appropriate for: 5 to 10 months
Skills developed: Gross motor
What you'll need: No equipment needed
Sit cross-legged on the floor, with your baby in your lap facing away from you. Bring your knees up and toward each other with your legs still crossed. This will gently raise your lap and your baby until she's just a bit above ground.
As your baby goes up, say, "Rocket ship launching!" and, as you lower her back down: "Rocket ship landing!" To calm her down before standing up, use a slower, more gradual motion as you elevate your baby, saying "Elevator going up," then lower her back down as you say, "Elevator going down."
Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if yours isn't quite ready for this week's activities, don't worry – just try them again in a few weeks.
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