7 - 8 Months

Fresh ideas with water and ice

Baby touching ice

The sink, the tub, a hose on low drip, a tray on the floorā€”there are so many ways to play with water and babies love them all!

Your baby also loves to play with ice. They’re starting to learn that some things stay the same, some things appear to change but are actually still the same (like you in your šŸ˜Ž), and some things actually transformā€”like ice melting to water.

Please note that your baby must be closely supervised when around water and ice.

Here are some ideas for water and ice play:

  • Let your baby play with ice cubes as they melt and slide around on a cookie sheet or tray.
  • While your baby is in a warm bath, put a few ice cubes in so they can work to grasp them before they melt. A drop or two of food coloring in your ice tray is fun, too.
Woman giving a baby a bath in the bathroom sink
  • The bathroom sink can be fun too because they can play with you and the baby in the mirror šŸ˜‰ 
  • You can put your baby in your kitchen sink with the tap on warm and low. Your baby will enjoy the feel of the smooth hardware and dripping water.
Woman and baby playing outside with the Lovevery Drip Drop cups
In photo: Nesting Stacking Dripdrop Cups from The Inspector Play Kit
  • Once your baby is sitting reliably (and if weather allows), you can take them outside with you and put them on the grass, deck, or patio with a large bowl of water and the Dripdrop cups.
  • Ice is great entertainment at a restaurant or on a planeā€”just take care that they don’t get a chokeable piece in their mouth.
Baby playing with a plastic bag filled with ice cubes
  • Fill a sealable bag with ice cubes and tape it to the floor. Let your baby feel the shape of the cubes and the icy cold texture.ā£


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