Are you struggling to find things to do with your baby whilst being stuck at home? I for one have been finding it a bit more difficult this week. We’ve been stuck at home because of Covid-19 and the weather hasn’t been particularly nice or warm. So I’ve had to create more activities with my 9 month old baby than I usually would.
We would normally spend our mornings either swimming, going to baby gym, seeing family, or going for a walk. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon.
This blog post will show you 25 ways you can play with your baby. The activities suggested will help all areas of their development and will stimulate them.
Stimulating your baby is important for their overall development. And research has found that
Babies who are stimulated reach developmental milestones faster, have better muscle coordination, and a more secure self image – HF.org
Here are the 25 activities you can try with your 9 month old baby. All babies develop differently, so if they are unable or uninterested in some of the ideas, try again when they’re a bit older.
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1. Shaving Foam
Shaving foam is a fantastic sensory activity for babies and a little goes a long way. Your baby may be unsure at first. But they will start to build up their confidence and get used to the feel the more you do it. Adding wooden blocks to our shaving foam encouraged my baby to explore a bit more.
2. Cardboard Box
Babies and children of all ages enjoy playing in and with cardboard boxes. I don’t know what the fascination is! Find a cardboard box of any size and see how your baby plays with it. You may also want to use them to create things for your little one. Using cardboard boxes is the perfect rainy day activity. I used one of ours to create tunnels and added doors using silk scarves.
3. Building Towers
Try using different sized boxes from your recycling to build towers. Your baby will have loads of fun knocking them over and it teaches them about cause and effect! Wooden blocks are also great to use for this activity because they are easier to stack and make a noise when knocked over. Using wooden building blocks with babies will also help their fine motor skills.
Kids of all ages love bubbles and there are lots of awesome bubble activities you can create for them. Bubbles will help your baby’s visual tracking skills and will encourage them to crawl to get them. They will also love popping them (or trying to). I use a bubble machine to make my life easier. It also means I can focus on quality interactions with my little one, rather than having to blow the bubbles myself!
5. Stacking Cups
Stacking cups can be used to create so many different activities for your baby. My little one has recently discovered he can bang things. So I encouraged him to bang them together. I have also been putting our wooden marbles inside the cups and encouraging him to take them out. Both of these ideas will help your baby’s physical development, especially their fine motor skills.
6. Singing and Dancing
Singing nursery rhymes or sensory songs will help your baby’s language development. Dancing to them as well is another one of the activities you can do with your 9 month old baby. It’s low prep and will get you lots of giggles. Songs like Row Row Row Your Boat, 5 Little Men In a Flying Saucer and Wind the Bobbin Up are easy songs to encourage your baby to move to. When singing 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer with my baby, I hold him in the air and whoosh him around. I also move him quickly from the left to right – he loves it!
7. Elastic Band Tray
Try adding a few toys to a bread tin and then put some elastic bands on it. The bands make a great sound and your baby will have the added challenge of trying to get the toys out. Don’t have elastic bands? Try using string instead – it won’t make sounds but your baby will still enjoy trying to free the toys. I have also seen people do this on a bigger scale by using a washing basket, toys, and string.
8. Banging Things
At 9 months old, your baby loves to make things happen. Encouraging them to bang different things will help their cognitive development and understanding. My baby loves banging anything and everything at the moment. So I try to go with his interests by grabbing a stacking cup and banging it on different things. He finds it hilarious and I encourage him to come and join me.
9. Treasure Basket
Your baby will love exploring the items in a treasure basket. To create one, all you need to do is find everyday household items and add them to a basket. If you don’t have a basket, you can use a box or container. Just make sure it’s shallow enough so your baby can access the objects themselves.
10. Pom Pom Whisk
Try putting pom-pom balls in the middle of a whisk. Your baby will enjoy trying to get them out and it’s a great activity to develop fine motor skills. If you don’t have pom-pom balls at home, you could try scrunching up balls of paper. Just make sure your baby doesn’t put them in their mouth.
11. Flowers In Water
Add some flowers to water and let your baby explore them. If you don’t have flowers you can add in other items instead. Like sponges or bath toys.
12. Build a Fort
Use blankets and pegs to build a fort for your little one. Add some toys and join your baby. Your baby will enjoy being under it with you. I used a tuff tray and stand to build our fort.
13. Blanket Ride
Grab a blanket and put it on the floor. Get your baby to lay on it and pull them along the floor. This works better on laminate flooring but will also work on carpet. Start off really slow and then use your own judgement on how fast you pull the blanket. My little one loves rough and tumble play. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s a boy or because of the games we play!
14. Lift the Flaps
Cut up different pieces of paper or card and stick them to the wall. Masking tape shouldn’t damage your walls but if you don’t want to do this, you can stick the paper on cardboard. Only stick one side of the paper or card down so it creates little doors and let your baby explore. I used a tuff tray because it means that my little man can stand up and do this activity. I thought of this idea because he is obsessed with labels. I’ll give him a new toy or teddy and the first thing he goes for is the label! I wonder if anyone else’s baby does this?
15. Balls In a Box
Find a cardboard box and cut a hole (big enough for a ball) in the top and then in the side. Then encourage your baby to post the ball through the top hole and then watch it come back out of the box. I’ve found that sloping a piece of cardboard inside the box, helps the ball to return through the hole quicker.
16. Muffin Tin Blocks
Find a muffin tin, turn it over and place wooden blocks on the top. Encourage your baby to bang the tin with the blocks to explore the noise it makes. Alternatively, you can turn the tin over and add the blocks to the holes.
17. Ball Run
Use anything you can to make a ramp. Cardboard tubes work really well. But normal cardboard or a baking tray turned over also works. Grab a ball and let it roll down the ramp to your baby. For older babies, you can encourage them to put the ball down the ramp themselves.
18. Balls In a Stair Gate
Pushing balls in between the bars of a stair gate is a good activity that helps your baby pull themselves to standing. Make sure you always sit behind them and supervise as they are likely to topple over!
19. Read Books
It’s so important to read to kids, even when they’re babies. There are so many great baby board books you can enjoy together. I try to make sure I read to my baby every day at the same time of day, otherwise I forget.
20. Cushion Mountain
Encouraging your baby to climb a cushion mountain is so much fun to watch! Pile all of your cushions on the floor and add a blanket to make a mountain. Put your babies favourite toy at the top to encourage them to climb up to grab it
21. Tape Balls to a Muffin Tray
Grab a muffin tray and plastic balls and tape them to the tray. This will add a bit of a challenge for your baby and may take them a while to figure out how to get the balls out.
22. Hide and Seek
Get down on the floor with your baby and crawl around. Find something small to hide behind so they can see part of you. Tell them you’re hiding and hide your face. Keep repeating this, telling them you’re hiding until they crawl to you. This has become one of my little one’s favourite games and he is now trying to hide!
23. Water beads
Water beads are one of the many sensory activities you can do with your 9 month old baby. To prepare them, just put them in water and wait a few hours. They’re non-toxic and a little really goes a long way! Water beads are great for developing fine motor skills. They’re small and slippery but my little guy (9 months) was able to pick them up and enjoyed squishing them in his hand. Just make sure you watch your baby closely to check they don’t try and eat them.
Putting oats in a bowl for your baby to investigate is another easy sensory activity you can do with your 9 month old. As they get older, try adding spoons to help them practise scooping or cups to help them practise pouring.
25. Everyday Objects
Giving your baby different everyday objects to explore helps to expose them to new things and gives them variety. You will be surprised at some of the things that interest them. I’ve found that my baby loves a hanger or keys!
The ideas that have been covered in this list have been tried and tested with my 9 month old, so I know they work. Using just some of the activities with your 9 month old baby will help to stimulate them and enhance their development.
Do you have any ideas to add to the list? Let me know in the comments section below.