Activities to Enhance Baby's Physical Development: 3-6 Months

Encourage your baby to develop with these easy activities that will also encourage him to bond with you.

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Hug and Kiss Him

Hug and Kiss Him

Bond with your baby by touching him. Give him hugs and kisses and blow raspberries on his stomach. Physical contact builds a connection with your child, and it also stimulates him to move those parts of his body that you touch.

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Smile at Him

Smile at Him

Smile at your baby. Look into his eyes. Give him lots of love and attention. You can never give him too much!

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Make Some Noise

Playing with rattle

Shake a noisy toy to entice your baby to turn his head to look and then reach for it.

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Let Him Squirm

Playing with baby

Allow your baby to move around. Put him down on the floor so he can look around, kick his legs, and wiggle. Don't let him spend much time in a swing, car seat carrier, or bouncy seat. These limit movement, and he needs to move to develop.

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Stimulate Him with Toys

Baby playing in floor gym

Dangle safe toys in front of or above your baby. Set up a floor gym where the toys hang over him while he is lying flat on his back. This will encourage his hand-eye coordination as he learns to focus on an object before reaching and grasping it. He may also randomly kick the toys as a prelude to more deliberate leg motions.

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Sit Up!

Baby sitting up

As you baby gets more comfortable sitting up, place him in the middle of several supportive pillows or a C-shaped cushion. This will allow him to practice making minor adjustments, using his torso muscles, without risk of falling over and hurting himself.

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Raising Your Child

Raising Your Child

Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide is an information-packed guide that leads parents through the ever changing maze of new behaviors, developments, and challenges present in a child's first six years. It is filled with essential information, expert advice, practical solutions, and key choices to ensure a child's healthy development for their first six years -- and set them up for success in later developmental stages. In addition to understanding their child's stage of development, readers are given parenting techniques and activities they can use with their child to maximize physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development at every age and stage.

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More Activities for 3-6 Month Babies

Smile at Him

Get more ideas from Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide to help with your baby's development.

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