A baby’s life can be quite boring! As such, parents have to create fun and educational infant activities for babies to keep them engaged and learning about the world around them. Here are 10 fun activities for babies that you can do at home with your little one!
1) Hold them
Infants and babies enjoy being held. Holding a baby while you’re walking around gives them an opportunity to see things, hear things, and smell things. Holding a baby also makes you feel good! It’s hard not to smile when you’re holding a cute little bundle of joy. Whether you have your own children or are looking for infant activities to keep yours busy during those long summer days, try one of these activities for baby.
2) Swing them
It’s no surprise that babies love to be held and carried. Holding your baby can help you feel better, too. Swinging them in a gentle arc from front to back or side to side is a great way to relieve stress while they feel perfectly safe and secure in your arms. The motion of swinging may lull them into an almost instant nap (if they aren’t already there), but even if it doesn’t, you both are sure to enjoy time together.
3) Make music with them
babies love to listen to music and can enjoy it as soon as they’re born. You don’t need anything special other than your voice and a few household items; you can make all kinds of sounds with everyday objects, from forks and spoons to pots and pans. Babies also like watching your face, so it’s fun to give them lots of facial expressions while you sing or talk to them. Of course, playing is much more fun when babies have toys to touch and shake!
4) Play peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo is one of those fun baby games that never gets old. It’s a classic that kids will play forever because it’s fun, easy to understand, and exciting. If you want to spend a few moments laughing with your kid before bedtime, play peek-a-boo. Even if you can only find part of his face—and he can only find half of yours. You’ll both get a kick out of it.
5) Read to them
Reading to your baby builds vocabulary, cognitive skills, and introduces them to new words and concepts. A child’s brain develops rapidly during their first few years, so it’s important to expose them to a wide variety of sights and sounds—which is exactly what books do. Start reading to your baby as soon as they can focus on pictures or words, typically around six months of age.
6) Create with them
A great way to keep babies entertained is to encourage them to create with you. This will not only help them develop fine motor skills, but it’ll also give you an opportunity to bond. There are many fun infant activities you can do with your baby. In addition to trying these ideas out, try coming up with some of your own ideas!
7) Talk about colors, shapes, numbers, and letters
As the baby gets older, you can start introducing simple infant activities that will help him learn colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. He may have a hard time concentrating on these activities at first—babies are always discovering new things and aren’t used to focusing. But as he gets more familiar with each object and concept, he’ll be able to pay attention longer and longer.
8) Show them the world through playtime
The world of a baby is very small. It’s up to you, their parent or guardian, to expose them to as much of it as possible. The easiest way? Playtime! Whether it’s in your backyard or at a local park, there are plenty of infant activities that can help grow motor skills and develop vision, hearing, and touch senses. Don’t forget: As they learn new things they also learn how to communicate better.
9) Count toes and fingers
It may sound silly, but babies love to have their fingers counted. If you’re at a loss as to what to do with a baby who doesn’t seem particularly taken by playing with toys or crawling around, try finger-counting. It might be surprised how much fun babies can have by just having their fingers counted!
10) Give them a bath
Nothing beats a warm bath when you’re a baby. As they grow, bath time is still one of their favorite times of the day. It gives them something to look forward to in an otherwise boring and difficult world. If you have toddlers or older children in your home, it can be a great way to bond with them too. You may want to help them out by giving baths every once in a while; they’ll know they can always come to you if they want some extra love and attention.
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