9 weeks old
These days, what your baby thinks of as ‘playing’ you might call ‘flailing her hands and arms out without any apparent plan whatsoever.’ But these seemingly random movements keep her amused, build her muscle control, and teach her about the world. So really, this flailing a more important activity than it sounds. And sooner or later, all of these random movements are going to evolve into intentional movements. First it might just be exploring her face, but in no time at all, your baby will be using her hands to explore YOUR face! And by that, we mean poke you in the eye.
To this end, your baby is pretty busy figuring out her own hands - first she has to learn that they’re there - she might have reached this step already - and then she needs to make the connection that these strange, five-fingered things are a part of her. After that, she’ll probably decide that her hands are pretty neat, and spend some time playing with them.
All of this playing with her hands and fingers may mean it takes a little while longer before your baby starts to care too much about the many fun and exciting toys that may be taking up space in your living room. Like any good explorer, after discovering her hands, your baby may move on to exploring her feet, before moving on to unknown territory like blocks, rattles, and other brightly-colored baby toys. However, it’s likely that really engaging with these toys won’t happen for a few more months still.
You don’t need to wait for your baby to start to care about toys before the two of you can start to play, though. In fact, the best type of play for your baby right now is the kind that’s directly tied up in interacting with you. your baby’s fascination with her own fingers is just one way that your baby is more interested in other people than she is in any toy right now. Dancing with your baby, singing to her, and making silly faces are all great ways to start to play with her without having to wait for her to hop on the ‘toys’ train. In fact, it’s socializing activities like these that may help her make more developmental progress than anything else, physically, mentally, and socially.
- Raise head up while lying on his back: Stage 2 of The Baby Sit-up Practice Program, many very athletic babies are strong enough that they can lift their heads straight up while lying on their backs. This developing head control is hugely important, as many of the major milestones coming up in the next several months revolve around the ability to balance their head and neck, and sit up.
- Opens and closes fists: Another important one! Around this time, your baby might start opening and closing her fists. This lets her perform a number of different tricks, and will help her self-feed and play with toys, among other things.
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