How your 9-month-old might play now

    • She adjusts her posture as she moves, using furniture to steady herself
    • If a ball is rolled right to him, he can catch it
    • Her movements are more varied and deliberate
    • He can indicate with gestures, perhaps waving goodbye or lifting his arms to be picked up
    • She may follow your gaze
    • He can reach for a toy without falling over
    • Her hands are more dexterous; she can pass objects between them
Stacking, sorting and building toys
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    Brilliant Basics™ Baby’s First Blocks

    Fine Motor Sensory Thinking & Problem Solving
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    Laugh & Learn™ Cookie Shape Surprise™

Help your baby learn more:

    • Build it and they will play. Build a pile of blocks for baby and a pile for you. Stack up your blocks, pointing out which one is at the top and the bottom. Encourage baby to play along, either "helping" you build your pile or building with his own blocks. The most fun is likely to come from baby knocking over your pile … again and again!
    • Simple shapes. For shape-sorting, start simply. Let baby get the hang of putting the round shape through the round hole, then move on, going from simple shapes to ones that need more manoeuvring to make them fit. You’ll help baby gain confidence this way.
    • colour intro. Use the toy's features to introduce your baby to various colours, saying each colour name clearly as you point it out on the toy.
Toys with dials and buttons
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    Go Baby Go!™ Silly Sounds Frog

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    Laugh & Learn™ Smilin’ Smart Phone™

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    Laugh & Learn™ Smart Screen Laptop

Help your baby learn more:

    • What do you think? Demonstrate activities on the toy, then encourage your child to do the same: "I turned the dial … now it's your turn!" "Do you think we'll hear a sound when you press the button?" Simple mechanics will hold your child's attention – and improve fine motor skills at the same time.
    • So many colours! Help your child learn to recognize colours by pointing out each one and slowly saying its name. Reinforce the learning by pointing out things in baby's world that are the same colour: "See? Your shirt is red too."
    • More to learn. Down the road, your child will be ready for letter, number and shape recognition. You can help things along by pointing these out on the toy, and then pointing out matching ones you see in everyday things around you.
Toys that encourage language development
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    Laugh & Learn™ Puppy’s Animal Friends Book

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    Laugh & Learn™ Dance & Play Puppy

    Academics Gross Motor Sensory
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    Laugh & Learn™ Love to Play Puppy™

Help your baby learn more:

    • Talk to your baby as often as you can. As you talk through daily activities, you’ll introduce baby to the basic patterns and rhythms of speech.
    • Taking turns is another great activity. Initiate the "conversation," then listen and wait as your baby gazes back into your eyes and responds with a coo or babble. Say something back to help your child understand the idea of dialogue.
    • Mimic your baby's coos and babbles, which are critical for practicing how to make sounds, learning the ways sounds differ and how they can be combined.
    • Start reading to your baby early and instill a love of books. When you read together, point out pictures and encourage baby to point to them, too. Make the sounds of animals in books, or the sounds that other things make.
Toys to encourage physical development like standing and cruising
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    Brilliant Basics™ Stroll-Along Walker™

    Balance & Coordination Gross Motor Sensory
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    Go Baby Go!™ Sit-to-Stand Giraffe

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    Laugh & Learn™ Dance & Play Puppy

    Academics Gross Motor Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • Encourage baby to pull up and stand by pointing out features near the top: “I wonder what will happen if we push this button up here?”
    • Clear a path on all sides of the toy so your baby can pull up and cruise all around it. Babies who are learning to stand and balance appreciate sturdy support.
    • Reinforce language concepts by using descriptive words as you and your child play with the toy: “Look! His nose lights up!”

Baby's Babbles

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Your baby will soon be talking, but before she leaves those funny little noises behind, capture those squeaks and squeals to keep and play back over the years.

Materials

  • Smartphone or video camera   
  • Infant seat

Instructions

  • Seat your baby in her infant chair and sit down beside her.
  • Set your phone or camera to "record" and talk to your baby, make mouth noises, vocalises in a variety of ways, and so on, to get your baby to talk back.
  • Pause between your vocalisations so your baby has a chance to answer you. 
  • After you've both made some funny noises, turn off the recorder and play back the recording for your baby.

Safety

Don't play back the sound too loudly, to protect your baby's hearing.

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