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Why you should play peek-a-boo with your baby?


Most of the families must have played the game ‘peek-a-boo’ while they were bonding with their babies. And most of the babies like this game. Usually, this game is first played by hiding your own face with your hands. It can progress to covering your child’s face.1

Play peek-a-boo with your baby to teach them about object permanence, which is the understanding that objects still exist even when we cannot see them. For eg. - While playing peek-a-boo, a child who has not yet developed an understanding of object permanence might cry, thinking you have actually left her by herself. But if your baby has developed this concept, she will probably try to pull the cloth away to find you, knowing that you are not gone, you are just hiding.2

Play Peek-a-Boo with your Baby

Let’s see the different ways you can play peek-a-boo with your baby:1,4

Play Peek-a-Boo with your Baby
  1. Cell Practices: CENTER for EARLY LITERACY LEARNING. Baby’s First Games. Available from: http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellpract_parent/infants/collections/CELL_Inf_Rhy_Sound.pdf. Accessed on 21st June 2017.
  2. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Understanding Infant and Toddler Development. Available from: http://extensiononline.tamu.edu/online_course_material/Course223/file/understandinginfanttoddlerscript2.pdf. Accessed on 21st June 2017.
  3. Healthychildren.org. Available from: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Cognitive-Development-4-to-7-Months.aspx. Accessed on 21st June 2017.
  4. DC Department of Behavioral Health, Prevention and Early Intervention Programs, Healthy Futures. Understanding Separation Anxiety in Infants and Young Children. Available from: https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/DEL_Mental%20Health_Social%20Emotional%20Development_Understanding%20Separation%20Anxiety.pdf. Accessed on 21st June 2017.