Games to Play in Your Baby's First Year

9 to 12 Months

Hide and Peek

Hide a toy behind a couch or chair while your baby is watching. Encourage her to find the toy; if she has trouble, point to where it is or move her hand near the spot. Keep playing until she easily finds the toy.

The Great Chase

Get down on your hands and knees with your little crawler and creep after her, saying, "I'm going to get you!" Pretend she's too quick for you to catch; then, when you finally reach her, squeal "Got you!" with hugs and kisses.

Variation: Let her chase you. Set up an obstacle course of pillows or cushions for her to crawl over.

Finger-Food Fun

Set out banana slices or Cheerios and eat one, saying, "Mommy is eating this banana -- yum, yum, yum." Then help your baby pick up a banana piece and say, "Emily is eating a banana -- yum, yum, yum." Next, have your baby feed you... yum, yum, yum. She'll especially love this part.

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