When we first have children, they are relatively simple to care for – while they may need constant attention, their needs and desires are relatively basic. Newborns simply want food, warmth, comfort, and affection. However, as infants begin to age, they’re going to require a whole lot more activity in their life. They will actively seek out things to keep their minds and bodies occupied, and it’s important that you provide them with plenty to do at all times in order to keep them productive and content. Now, coming up with ideas for activities with little ones can be relatively difficult.
But don’t worry. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling in the right direction!
Increasing numbers of sports facilities and public pools are offering baby swimming classes. While you may not feel comfortable taking your little one in a standard pool when there are older children about splashing, swimming, and creating waves, baby swim classes offer the opportunity for you to help your baby experience and explore the water in a less exuberant atmosphere.
Introducing your child to the water at an early stage familiarises them with the element and can encourage them to start swimming from a much younger age. Remember that swimming is an invaluable life skill for anyone, young or old, and at some point, it could quite literally save your little one’s life.
When your little one is particularly young, pretty much everything they encounter is going to be a new experience. So it’s relatively easy for you to set up sensory play activities at a low cost. You just have to use the opportunity to introduce your little one to colors, sounds, tastes, and textures. Consider finger painting, toys that play music or make different noises, and trying new foods that they may not have experienced before!
Just remember to keep a particularly vigilant eye on little ones engaging with things that shouldn’t necessarily be placed in their mouth – many children use their mouths to explore new objects, so make sure everything is non-toxic and child-friendly!
This one is relatively easy, but can help to spur on your child’s development! Show them their reflection in a mirror and ask “who is that?” You can monitor your kid’s development, as at a certain point, they will understand that the reflection is them! Make sure to use a baby-safe mirror when trying this activity out. They are less likely to break.
These are just a few different activities that you might like to consider when it comes to providing your little one with fun and productive play to engage with! Each will help them to develop and grow in different ways! So, incorporate them into your routine as soon as you feel appropriate.