Buh Bye Baby
Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind Builder
For infants, out of sight means the object or person does not exist. As Baby begins to grasp the concept of object permanence, that the object out of view is still there, this fun game can be played to reinforce this skill and also help her recognize the names of familiar objects.
Around 8 to 12 months, Baby may begin to grasp “object permanence,” realizing that you still exist even if you leave a room or hide behind something. The age-old game of peek-a-boo, which is most babies’ first game, is a learning stepping stone to this realization. Baby is also learning to recognize objects by name. Ask her where the ball is, and most likely she will know what object you are referring to. A fun way to incorporate both of these emerging skills is by playing this fun game:
- Place Baby in a safe place in front of a doorway or in front of a couch or chair you can hide behind.
- Have some fun items of Baby’s behind the door or furniture with you. Now say, “Bye, Baby!” and disappear.
- Talk to Baby without them being able to see you, telling your baby that you are going to appear with whatever item you select. “Mummy is coming back with a ball!”
- Then reappear, showing the ball. They will delight that Mum or Dad has “surprised” her and will see the object in your hands.
- Tell her “Bye, Baby!” again, and repeat with another item. “Mummy is coming back with a bear!”