Arrow backLanguage
6 to 8 months

PLAYING: Your 6-8-month-old’s activity planner

Your 6-8-month-old’s activity planner

Playing with your baby is not only fun, it also helps them develop skills to build on for an active childhood. So, switch off the television, put your cell phone away and forget about your daily chores—it’s time to interact and enjoy special time with your baby!

4 mins to read Dec 30, 2021

Every baby develops in their own unique way. Always be sure your baby has the strength and developmental skills for the activities you choose. Try these five games for starters…

Screen-free play - Rolling a ball back and forth 

1. To me, to you…

What? Rolling a ball back and forth 
How?If your baby can sit without support, sit opposite them with your legs and theirs in a ‘V’ shape. Roll a soft ball towards them and encourage him to grab it. Once he figures out how to grab it, ask them to roll it back towards you.
Why? Practices sitting without support (a skill that many babies tend to master between seven and nine months). Also builds core strength, as well as encouraging hand-to-eye coordination.

Screen-free play - Classic “Pat-a-Cake

2. Clap to the beat

What? Classic “Pat-a-Cake” and clapping to music
How? Start by sitting directly in front of your baby (or help support them until they get strong enough to sit by themself) and clapping your hands. If theydon’t copy you, gently take their hands and show themhow to clap. Then take their hands and clap them against your own, while singing a song with a beat. It doesn’t matter what you sing—childhood classic, modern pop music, or spontaneously made-up lyrics—long as there’s a rhythm. 
Why? Helps improve coordination and babies tend to love music and rhythm. One recent scientific study showed that babies from a very young age respond physically to music and rhythmic sounds.

Screen-free play - Bouncing your baby in a standing position

3. Look who’s standing!

What? Bouncing your baby in a standing position
How? While you’re sitting on a chair or couch, hold your baby firmly under their arms and stand them up on your knees (supporting their head if necessary). Let them gently bounce, or squat up and down, so they can feel what it’s like to support their weight on their legs. 
Why? Between seven and nine months many babies are able to bear weight through their feet when supported in standing. This helps them build leg strength for when theylearn to pull up to standing and start cruising. 

Screen-free play - Putting toys into a box

4. Hit the target

What? Throwing/putting toys into a box and then emptying them out
How? Grab an empty plastic box or bucket and place it on the floor. Sit with your little one a small distance away from it (with support for your baby if needed), with a pile of soft toys beside you both. Pick up a toy and toss it into the box, encouraging your little one to do the same. When the box is full, they’ll love taking all the toys out and starting again.
Why? Copying movements helps develop motor skills and gets your little one active. This activity also helps your baby improve their ability to reach for toys from a sitting position.

Screen-free play - Copying actions

5. Monkey see, monkey do

What? Copying actions
How? Lie your baby on their back and encourage them to do what you do: wave your arms, shake your head, or make funny faces. Praise them when they copy you and repeat the action back in a more exaggerated way. 
Why? Can help strengthen core muscles and coordination.

Pledge to play (and pass it on!)

Are you ready for a challenge? Now that you’ve read about the importance of activity and playing with your baby,  try to take the pledge to turn off screens and try these five games over the next five days. Make active time with your baby part of every day! When you succeed, challenge five friends to take the same pledge and each pass it on to another five friends. If that gets repeated 10 times, you’ll have challenged more than twice the entire population of Australia to spend more time playing with their babies.



MVP Logo

Your parenting instincts, our support

  • Super-sized Savings


    Sign up for Nestlé Baby & me and automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100* gift card! 

    For full details, please visit the Terms & Conditions.


    Receive customized email updates with useful info, special offers, and product suggestions to help guide you through each parenting phase and celebrate your milestones along the way.

  • Helpful Resources


    Need a hand with something? We’ve got you covered! Access our helpful and interactive parenting tools and resources like calendars, calculators, checklists, and healthy recipes in one convenient hub.


    We offer science-based advice and specialized nutritional guidance for every stage of the parenting journey—from preconception to toddlerhood.

*When registration is during pregnancy. If your baby’s already been born, expect to see your kit within a month

Search icon

Still haven't found what you are looking for?

Try our new smart question engine.