How your 7-month-old might play now

    • He rocks on his hands and knees and may creep on his tummy
    • She responds to her name, recognizes voices and different tunes
    • With full color vision, he enjoys looking at complex objects—and might even move for a better view
    • Her eyes help her explore, and she uses them as a gauge when reaching out for objects
    • He starts cupping his hand around toys and can push them into his hand with his thumb
Bat-at floor toys
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    Disney Baby MINNIE MOUSE Clutch and Rattle Ball

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    Laugh & Learn™ Singin’ Soccer Ball

    Gross Motor Sharing & Cooperation
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    Peek & Roll Ball

    Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor Thinking & Problem Solving

Help your baby learn more:

    • Your turn, my turn. Start with an interactive game between you and baby, maybe just rolling the toy back and forth. Set up pillow bumpers for boundaries so the toy can't roll too far. And put words with actions as you play: "back and forth," "your turn, my turn."
    • Ready, set, crawl. Boost baby toward crawling by picking a target and encouraging her to roll the toy to it, then retrieve it. As the toy rolls, she's likely to move toward it to start the fun all over again!
    • Where is it? Help baby learn to locate things by listening: show him the toy, then put it behind your back and activate the sounds. Do this several times to see if he'll crawl to you to find the source of the sound.
Shape sorters
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    Baby’s First Blocks

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

    Academics Fine Motor Thinking & Problem Solving
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    Laugh & Learn™ Sweet Sounds Picnic™

    Fine Motor Sensory Thinking & Problem Solving

Help your baby learn more:

    • In and out. This is a great time to focus on concepts like "in and out" and "on and off." Encourage your baby to put a hand or a shape inside the shape sorter toy … what will happen? If he's greeted with a funny sound or musical surprise, you can bet baby will like playing the "in and out" game over and over!
    • One at a time. When you progress to introducing shapes, start with just one: identify it and let baby get the hang of sorting that shape before you move on to a new one. Name the shape as your child picks it up and tries to figure out where it fits.
Action/reaction toys
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    Disney Baby MINNIE MOUSE Pop-Up Surprise

    Curiosity & Discovery Fine Motor Sensory
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    Laugh & Learn™ Love to Play Puppy™

    Academics Fine Motor Sensory
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    Giggle Gang - Bitsy™

Help your baby learn more:

    • Talk about things as baby makes them happen—you’ll help him understand the idea of action/reaction: "You made the music play! Listen … do you hear it? Let's spin the ball again."
    • Color me fun. Use a toy's features to introduce your baby to various colors, saying each color name clearly as you point to it. This is the time when babies are building their receptive language skills, so the more words they hear, the more they’ll become familiar with.
    • You did it! Use descriptive language as your baby activates a toy: "Hear the sound the dino makes? … Look what happens when you bop the bug!"
Toys that encourage crawling or standing
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    Disney Baby MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch ’n Crawl

    Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor Sensory
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    Laugh & Learn® Crawl Around™ Car

    Academics Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor
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    Laugh & Learn™ Puppy & Friends Learning Table

    Academics Fine Motor Gross Motor

Help your baby learn more:

    • One, two, three… Sit on the floor with baby and playfully point out a toy's features, colors and surprises. Say color names out loud as you touch each one: "This is a blue bead, this one's green and this one's purple. One, two, three beads."
    • Let’s get physical. Encourage your baby to get physically involved with the toy to strengthen muscles and confidence. That could mean pushing it, rolling it back and forth, crawling through it or using it to pull up to a stand.

At the Zoo

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As your baby begins to talk, she loves making sounds. So take an imaginary trip to the zoo and learn about animals while you increase your baby's listening and language skills.

Materials

  • Stuffed animals or large pictures of animals
  • Infant seat
  • Your voice

Instructions

  • Collect a variety of stuffed animals or large pictures of animals.
  • Seat your baby in her infant seat and sit facing her.
  • Hold up an animal or picture next to your face, so your baby can see your mouth, then make the animal's sound.
  • Give your baby a chance to imitate the sound, then repeat the sound.
  • Hold up the next animal or picture and make the appropriate sound.
  • Repeat for all the animals or pictures.
  • Hold up the animals or pictures again, this time pausing a moment before making the animal sounds, so your baby can anticipate them.

Safety

Don't make the sounds too loud; you don't want to scare your baby.
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