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Games to Play
As your baby reaches 5 and 6 months, watch how she reacts when things disappear from view. Does baby lean over to look for things she dropped? Does baby put a toy down and go right back to it later?
These are signs that baby's memory is starting. When she was younger, it was "out of sight, out of mind." now, she is learning that things exist even when not in sight.
You can have fun with baby and help her remember what he sees:
* Show baby a favorite toy, then turn her away so she can't see it. If baby turns her head or body to look for the toy, praise her and help her get it.
* Show baby a toy, then cover it (slowly at first) with a cloth or cup. Does baby try to pull the cover off?
* Play peek-a-boo to help baby learn that you come back when you go away. The child is learning that you exist even when she can't see you. Baby may get upset when you leave. Be sure to tell her goodbye and that you'll be back. Don't sneak out to fool baby; it will scare her.
If baby doesn't play these games now, wait a few weeks and try again.
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