At this time, your toddler may try “cruising”—walking while holding onto furniture. She’s also starting to imitate gestures as part of her cognitive development. Stimulate her playtime with these activities:
Follow the leader
Make funny faces or quack like a duck and flap your arms. Your baby learns from copying your movements and sounds.
Take a cruise
Place pieces of furniture close together so she can cruise from one place to another. While she’s cruising, hold your arms out and call her to you—but be there to catch her if she loses her balance.
Toys to consider
Toys to try that encourage imagination and activity:
- Lift-out puzzles.
- Digging toys.
- Cars, trucks, trains.
- Board books.
- Shape sorters.