Activity Ideas for Babies of 6-9 Months

At 6-9 months, your baby is starting to become their own separate person. They are even more interested in exploring and their gross motor skills are developing rapidly. They will soon learn to crawl so this will be a busy time for you! Babies at this age are also starting to have better control over their hands. 

Some other developmental milestones you can expect them to achieve at this stage include:

  • Turns towards sounds and voices
  • Imitates sounds
  • Blows bubbles
  • Reaches for things with a sweeping motion
  • Imitates speech sounds (babbles)
  • Sits without support
  • Says “dada” and “mama” but not to the right parent
  • Begins to crawl
  • Passes objects from hand to hand

Remember that this is just a guide. All babies develop differently and learn at their own pace. If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, please seek advice from a health professional.

The activities suggested below will help to stimulate your baby and encourage them to explore. Some of the ideas include treasure baskets, work on fine motor skills, and encourage safe sensory play. The good thing about the activities is that lots of them can be done when your baby is a bit older too. So try returning to them to see if your baby interacts and plays differently. Also, other activities for babies at 3-6 months and even newborn activities are still just as effective at this age, so take a look and give them a go too!