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

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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.


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


  • 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.


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.
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