6-12 months: how do I play with my baby?


Your child starts doing lots of new things with his body and every step has an interest. To know how to play with him and which game to offer him, you must first understand his rhythm and respect the different stages of his development. Small decryption with Carole De Langlais osteopath.

6-12 months: how do I play with my baby?

Are there steps to follow in the baby's development?

The most important thing to remember is not to precede your child's motor stages. Let us take the sitting position as an example. You can easily put your baby in a sitting or semi-seated position on you or against you because he will be wedged, we can say that you are there as a guardian. On the other hand you do not have to put your baby on the floor in a sitting position, all alone, he does not yet have sufficient tone for that. Visualize his body, his back that could settle. If it is too early for him, if he is not ready, he will feel insecure.

By putting him in this delicate situation, you make him skip important motor stages for his psychomotor development.  What is problematic is that we cannot go back, once we propose this position to the child it will be very complicated for him to return to the stage before that is to find himself the way to succeed in sitting down alone.

Going from back to stomach:

There is this path through which your child will have to pass to get on his back and then pass on his stomach. Rolling is also important for your tone, abdominal belt and back. Thus he becomes aware of his body and he can even discover a sketch of the position of the four-legged. He'll grow on his arms, his buttocks and his abdominals.

The four-legged one:

The four legs is essential for archaic reflexes, it allows your child to work on his coordination and lateralisation, i.e. not to have any differences between the right and the left, and finally it allows him to find his way in space.

The sitting position :

All these experiences will prepare your child to sit down. After the four legs, the sitting position usually arrives around 8-9 months of age. Especially if it's not the case leave him some time there's no rush.

Grab on:

Then comes the desire to hang on. The vertical position is important because it is a static position that the child must feel before acquiring walking. It should therefore not be operated by holding it by the hands before it is ready. Even if it's very tempting!

What games can I offer him?

From 6 to 12 months, you can offer him games that require more work on his fine motor skills such as cubes and stacking. I advise you once again to accompany him in these gestures. You can also offer him sound games. He is now able to use his fingers so you can show him thinner toys but be careful he will put them in his mouth. At this age, the grip and precision of his gestures represent the premises of his future acquisition of writing.