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Mine is almost 10 weeks.
I put a wrist rattle one of his hands, and hold up chimes for him to bat at.
I hold up a mirror for him to look at. On the back of the mirror are a bunch of big contrasty pictures in black and white stripes.
Baby Einstein is cool too, those must be SO stimulating for their little eyes.
I sing him silly songs.
And push his cheeks together and say 'buddha buddha buddha!", or flip his lower lip with my finger and make 'buh buh buh' sounds, those two are his favorites and guaranteed to get huge smiles.
When he's waving his arms around I bend over and open my mouth and pretend I'm gonna bite his fists and make hungry monster noises, then when he actually gets his fists near my mouth I pretend to chew on them and kiss them and such.
I also let him play in his little floor gym thingie, I put the chimes on one end for his feet and there's a frog that has bouncy feet that he loves on the other end.
I want to get some bubbles and blow bubbles around too.
There's a really cute book by Gymboree I think, that has a ton of ideas, and most of them are things you don't have to buy.. such as, get one of those really flimsy tin pie plates from a frozen pie or something (not the ones you can bake with), and hold it so that his feet will hit it.
They have ideas for things with different textures for baby to feel, and all that stuff. I definitely want ot get that book. I don't have much experience with babies and I just needed more ideas for things to do besides sing and read.