How your 4-month-old might play now

    • She may recognize familiar faces and take an interest in others
    • With your help, he can reach for things
    • She laughs, squirms and squeals with delight
    • He's interested in watching his hands move
    • She can grasp toys that she touches

Hats Off

Average Rating

Your baby is just getting used to recognizing faces, when you introduce the Hats Off game! Your baby won’t be fooled for long, but he’ll enjoy the fun of taking off the hat and putting it back on again.

Materials

  • Variety of hats
  • Infant seat
  • Your face and head

Instructions

  • Collect a variety of hats around the house, or buy inexpensive hats from a thrift shop or party store. Try to include a baseball cap, a knit cap, a funny hat, a firefighter’s hat, a clown hat, a bowler, a beret, a pair of earmuffs, or a fancy, feathery hat. (Don’t include masks in your play. They tend to scare babies at this young age.)
  • Place your baby in his infant seat on the floor and sit facing him.
  • Put the first hat on your head and make a funny face as you say something interesting, such as, “Look at me!” or, “I’m a firefighter!”
  • Lean toward your baby so he can grasp the hat and pull it off, or pull the hat off yourself.
  • Repeat several times with one hat before moving on to another hat.

Safety

Sometimes babies get scared when people’s appearances change. If your baby starts to get upset, put the hat on only briefly, then remove it and show him you’re still mum/Dad. If he continues to be upset, play the game at a later date.
Your child can learn

Rate this activity!

Move your cursor over the stars to select rating

Figuring it all out

As skills and learning progress during the first year, baby does more and more things independently, enjoying time alone to refine these new abilities. Your little spy is also carefully observing you and the world around you and making mental note Read More

Your Baby's Physical Development: 4 To 6 Months

Babies make huge strides in their physical development at this stage; the most striking of which is mobility. Your baby will be able to move slowly a few feet at a time. Place him down on his stomach, and he'll make every effort to creep on the groun Read More

Tips for Buying Baby's First Toys

Babies love to play—and few things make them happier than a new toy. In addition to entertaining your baby, toys help develop motor and social skills. The following guidelines can help your baby get the most out of a new toy: Age Appropriat Read More