Baby Development Stages -> 0 - 18 months


A short course on how to play kid games and baby development stages

Every kid goes through different baby development stages. Childcare facilities such as nurseries often provide opportunities for free play, as well as offering a valuable service to families. It would be a mistake, however, to think that childcare is the answer to all babies needs for supervised play.

Other Ages and Stages of Child Development

18 Months to 3 Years

3 - 6 Years

6 - 9 Years

9 - 12 Years


Here you will find a short course on how to play kid games and playthings listing the skills associated with play, appropriate playthings and what caregivers can do for 0 - 18 months old babies and how to guide them through this very important infant developmental stages.


Ages and Stages of Child Development: 0 - 18 Months


  • mobiles - hung over the crib about a foot from the baby's eye level,
  • small fish tank placed near the crib,
  • posters - pasted on the ceiling or walls,
  • music boxes,
  • wind chimes,
  • toy mirrors.


MANIPULATION OF OBJECTS (mouth play and hand play):

  • rattles,
  • pounding and stacking toys,
  • squeeze toys,
  • teething toys,
  • spoon in cup,
  • floating tub toys,
  • picture blocks,
  • string of BIG beads,
  • stuffed animals,
  • balls


EXPLORATION (pushing buttons and pulling levers):

  • crib-gym exercises,
  • push-pull toys,
  • small take-apart toys,
  • pots and pans



  • nested boxes or cups,
  • blocks,
  • large puzzles,
  • plastic containers of different sizes



  • books with rhymes,
  • pictures,
  • jingles,
  • records,
  • musical and chime toys



  • set of building blocks,
  • large dolls,
  • toys to crawl after,
  • pounding toys


What caregivers can do to promote play in kid games:

  • Be available to play.
  • Respond to your baby's sounds.
  • Smile at your baby. Let your baby play with your fingers.
  • Talk to your baby.
  • Play "pat-a-cake" and catch games.
  • Play "peek-a-boo," "bye-bye," and hiding games.
  • Make faces in a mirror.
  • Sing to your baby.
  • Play at "losing" and finding things.
  • Name objects as you give them to a baby.

Babies are not too young to learn. It is especially in this early stages of childhood development that they are most susceptible for knowledge. I played with my baby from the moment she opened their eyes in the morning till she went to sleep. Spend quality time with your child. These baby development stages lays the foundation for raising a smart kid.


Do you know some more early childhood activities?

Please let me know by making use of the How to Raise Smart Kids link.

Be warned: This development stage is the most challenging.




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