Finding fun activities to do with your baby can be challenging. You need to select activities that will help you bond with your baby and develop your relationship with them. Having a newborn baby can cause a lot of stress on parents and they can easily feel overwhelmed by their new responsibilities.
Finding time to spend with your baby doing fun baby activities will help you relax and your baby will enjoy learning new things. Distracting them with some activities may also lessen their crying or fussiness. Here are some helpful tips to help you get started with baby activities:
Newborn Baby Activities
Everything is completely new to a brand new baby. They will be curious about everything and will want to learn about everything. When you are holding your baby, talk to them. Tell them what you are doing and find ways to make them part of the conversation. Most babies begin to smile by about 3 to 4 weeks of age. They are only able to clearly see things that are a few inches from their face. This means that your face is full of entertainment for them. Take your baby outside and go for a walk. Pushing them in the stroller will also help them sleep if they need a nap. Just spending some time doing things that are out of the ordinary will help your baby grow and develop.
Read to your baby and point to the things in the book, this will start to build their memory skills and eventually they will be able to point to things in the book. Sing to your baby, this will help to soothe them when they are upset. Calming songs will help them relax and rock and roll songs may make them laugh if you are singing them. Babies will be able to identify their parent's voice by around 3 to 4 months. When you spend time talking to them, reading to them, and singing to them, you are helping them understand that you are their caregiver. Your voice alone will soothe them.
Newborn babies love to be held. Carry your baby around from room to room and point out different things in the home. You should also tickle your baby and do things that will make them smile. Try tickling their feet and the back of their neck. They probably won't laugh for a couple months, but you may be able to get a big smile out of them. Your baby will be mesmerized by your face so make funny faces, stick out your tongue, blow bubbles with your lips, and most importantly, smile.
Simple toys will amuse them like rattles and squeaky toys. They will not be able to hold up their head for a few weeks and they cannot sit up on their own. Purchase a bouncer chair or a swing and let them spend some time in there. The rocking motion of the swing may even put them to sleep if you are ready for a break. Purchase a play mat and lay your baby down on their back. The play mat will come with toys that will be above their face. Once your baby starts to work on their hand-eye coordination, they will be able to touch the toys.
Another simple thing you can do with a newborn baby is swaddle them. Wrap them snugly in a blanket and just hold them. Babies love to be held and they want to feel safe and warm in your arms. Studies have found that newborns actually feel secure when they are swaddled up and they tend to sleep better. Swaddling your baby will mimic the womb and it provides comfort to them.
A baby under the age of one is considered an infant. These babies are learning at a rapid pace and they quickly will go from pushing up on the floor, to sitting, and then to crawling. Infants will become more aware of their environment and themselves. They will understand that their hands and other body parts are attached to them. They will start exploring their vocal chords and they will babble, screech, and mimic some words. Infants can be entertained by several things and there are numerous activities you can do with your infant.
A simple activity you can do is to talk to your baby. When they make noise, respond by making the noise back to them. This will help them understand that you recognize that they are making noise and eventually it will help them build a foundation for speaking. Show your infant the world around them by taking them outside. Let them feel the grass and the earth around them. Go for walks together and just let them enjoy staring at the world around them. When you change your baby, talk to them; tell them what you are doing.
Infants need to get on a routine early. Start by designating times for napping, eating, and sleeping. Keeping your baby on a schedule will help them know what to expect. You should also provide them with the opportunity to smell different things. Grass, flowers, juices, and fruits all provide different smells that your baby can smell.
Once your infant learns how to grasp objects, they will want to grab everything. Help them with this by giving them different toys to grab. Rattles are great toys because they make noise. Babies like to chew on everything, so it is important to clean the toys after the baby has played with them. Brightly colored toys should be introduced when the baby reaches around 1-2 months of age. Studies have shown that newborns are able to see contrasting colors easier, like black, white, and red.
Purchase toys for the baby to play in like an exersaucer, bouncer, or walker. Infants love to stand upright and they like to move around, even if they are unable to crawl or walk. Bouncers and exersaucers will help them work on their balancing skills and it provides you will some free hands so you can do other things. If your baby is about to crawl, make sure you get on your hands and knees and crawl around the house. Look for small objects that a baby can place in their mouth and baby proof your home. You can encourage them to crawl by placing a toy in front of them, this will force them to reach for it and move towards it. Always provide them with plenty of time to build their muscles. They can develop their muscles by having tummy time and back time. Once they are strong enough, they will push up their body and eventually they will sit and crawl on their own.
Toddlers are active and creative. They are in a whole new world that involves talking and walking. They are learning how to develop social skills and will discover new things each day. Toddlers are curious and you may find them tearing apart things just to see how it works. Their mind is being stimulated by several things, helping them learn how to channel their mind into different activities will help them grow and develop. One of the essential things you need to do with a toddler is to create a routine for them. Delegate certain times for feeding, napping, and bedtime. Keeping your toddler on a routine will reduce your chances of having to deal with a temper tantrum.
A fun activity to do with your toddler is to teach them about textures. Go for a walk outside and let them touch the grass, the leaves, flowers, and other things. Explain to them how everything has a different texture. If you want to get a little creative, make a texture book. Place items like sandpaper, feathers, cotton, and rubber inside and explain the texture of these items to your child. This book is also helpful for times when you want your child to be quiet. They will want to feel the different textures and they will be entertained, at least for a few minutes.
Toddlers are working on their learning skills. You should be able to ask them questions and expect a response. Give your child responsibilities and instructions. Play simple games that will help them learn how to follow instructions. A simple activity is to pick an object and hide it in the room you and your toddler are in, make sure their eyes are closed during this time. Once you have hidden the object, ask your toddler to go find it. They will learn how to search for things and how to follow directions.
Always make time to read to your toddler. By this age, they will be able to speak some words. Choose books that have pictures in them and teach your child about the pictures in the book. For example, if you have a book about animals point out all the pictures of animals and say the name of the animal to your toddler. Over time, your toddler will be able to say the name of the animal and they can point to it when you are reading the book.