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Games to Play
At first baby was interested in the size, shape and texture of things. By now he may also want to know how things fit together. If a toy has several part, it will hold his interest. Give baby nesting cups (such as plastic measuring cups) to play with. Babies this age also like to put things into containers. Try small blocks and a bowl.
At 7 or 8 months most babies will put one thing down before picking up another. But baby is learning to use each hand by himself. He may be able to pass a toy from one hand to the other now. Soon baby will be able to hold two objects at the same time.
Around 9 months, baby will hold and compare two toys, bang them and try to fit them together, or put one inside the other. Try this activity: give baby a small object, such as a block. Then offer baby another. What does he do? Does baby move the first block from one hand to the other? Does he have a preferred hand (right- or left-handed)? Does he hold both blocks? After a while, offer baby a third block. This is a challenge! What does your baby do with the third block? Try it again in a week.
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