Why You Should Play Peek-A-Boo with Babies

Peek-a-Boo!

Let baby join in on folding the laundry with a fun game of peek-a-boo. I was able to entertain my baby and fold the sheets at the same time….win, win! Peek-a-boo is much more than just fun for babies. It builds cognitive, language, and speech skills. It teaches the concept of object permanence (knowing that things exist even when they are out of sight). Developing the concept of object permanence is important because it allows babies to understand that mommy, daddy, and loved ones can be out of their sight but they will return to be with and care for them. This helps baby to become independent, confident, and secure. Along with lots of smiles and giggles, baby may also chime in with a “boo.” The great thing about the game of peek-a-boo is that it can be played anywhere using most anything (hands, blanket, scarf, napkin, book, clothes on the changing table, furniture). I started playing with my son around three months old. Most young children love peek-a-boo. Once they grow out of peek-a- boo, hide and seek becomes fun. Same concept!

*Make sure baby is on a cushy surface, is able to sit independently or laying down for sheets peek-a-boo to avoid scary falls backward.*

I challenge you to play peek-a-boo with a baby today! Let me know how it goes.

Cheers,

Molly

 

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