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At this age, your baby seems endlessly curious about the world and excited by seeing new things. You're probably spending lots of time out and about, looking for new sights to introduce him to.
Appropriate for: 6 weeks to 3 months
Skills developed: Visual
What you'll need: A few brightly colored leaves; tape
The next time you take your baby out for a walk, collect a few brightly colored leaves to show him. (If it's not fall, pick a few leaves in unusual shapes and colors.) Tape the stems of the leaves to the sunshade of his stroller: They make wonderful natural mobiles, as even the slightest breath of wind sends them turning and twirling above his little head.
Safety note: If your baby has learned to grab, make sure the leaves aren't within reach.
At almost 3 months old, your baby is really working on gaining control over the way she moves. This simple indoor or outdoor exercise will help get her ready to roll.
Appropriate for: 2 to 6 months
Skills developed: Gross motor, sense of touch, body awareness
What you'll need: A fairly large blanket
On a warm day, take your baby to the park or out into your backyard and spread a blanket on a patch of grass or soft ground (or simply do this in your home). Take off as many layers of clothing as weather permits, as babies seem to feel freer to move around when they find themselves in the buff. If you have some cloth diapers, you might even spread those under her and let her go diaperless for a few minutes.
Lay your baby on her stomach or back, and help her roll over (or let her roll herself over if she's capable of it). Then roll her over again yourself, so she's back in the original position. Continue in one direction until she reaches the edge of the blanket – to give her a sense of getting somewhere – then lift her back to the center again. Keep doing this as long as your baby enjoys it. Babies delight in new perspectives, so if she seems to savor a certain position, lie down next to her and check things out together.
Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if yours isn't quite ready for this week's activities, don't worry – just try them again in a few weeks.
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